Gallery: First U.S. Bike Share Program Kicks into Gear!

Smartbike DC

We’ve written about bike sharing programs across Europe and now, as bike month begins, we’re happy to share that the US has finally warmed up to the idea, making bike rental as simple and quick as a card swipe. Washington recently unveiled SmartBike DC, the first fully automated touch-and-go rental program in the US. It operates on a similar principle to Zipcar and other car sharing services, offering 120 bicycles at 10 locations throughout the city center. Jim Sebastian, manager of bicycle and pedestrian programs for Washington’s Transportation Department, is convinced that the program will take off, cutting congestion, pollution, and parking problems citywide.

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  1. waysos January 2, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Funny that of allplaces Washington DC would import bicycles from foreign countries as opposed to using American Made Bicycles. Is anyone surprised that this county’s manufacturers are in such trouble?

  2. Jim F July 10, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Nick, I ‘ve noticed that the Minneapolis Police Department is cracking down on bicyclists who don’t use bike racks. Since there are nowhere near enough bike racks around, this is certainly a step in the right direction!

  3. Mai424 June 27, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Wow, and there’s even a basket in the front to hold that helmet you’re not wearing on your head!

  4. lisenlon June 23, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    In Austin we also had the free yellow bike program but the bikes kept getting stolen. I still see a yellow bike once in a while.

  5. nick May 22, 2008 at 9:47 am

    In Minneapolis we had the yellow bikes. These were bikes left around the city that anyone could use.

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