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Bike Sharing Comes to America

Posted Aug 24 2008 6:37pm

A new bicycle sharing program in Washington DC provides subscribers with convenient, green rides. An annual $40 membership fee entitles SmartBike DC subscribers access to three hour blocks of emissions-free travel. Bikes are obtained by card-swipe at self-service rental kiosks located throughout the central business district and returns are monitored by an electronic system. Similar programs have been successful in Europe ; this is the first program of its kind in the United States.

--D.W.

Sources: International Herald Tribune , Inhabitat , SmartBike DC

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