A Cycling City

The Inquirer recently had an article about how, this summer, Paris is going to institute a large-scale bike rental program, to encourage people to drive less, ride more, and decrease noise, pollution and congestion in the city. The idea was already tried in Lyon with great success. I was thinking, what a great idea if that would happen in Philly! If only for the downtown area. Those of us who live downtown never use our cars anyway, until we’re heading out of the city.

2 Comments so far

  1. salas (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 9:30 am

    Copenhagen has a program called City Bikes. There are racks of bikes all around the city. The bikes are free for anyone to take, but have to be returned within the city limits. The bikes are sponsored by companies that place their ads over the wheels.

    Since no record of the borrower are recorded, however, bike theft is a real problem.

  2. Andrea (unregistered) on April 12th, 2007 @ 10:13 am

    Perhaps they should lock them up and everyone should get a key fob, like the Philly Car Share. Still free to use, but then there would be a record of borrower. (I have no idea how much this would cost, however.)

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