http://www.economist.com/news/international/21587826-sharing-two-wheels-becoming-ever-more-popular-taking-stabilisers Click here to read the article online.
The Economist is probably my favorite general interest, non-enthusiast magazine. Edited in the UK, it’s been in business over 100 years and while it has a unique British perspective it is quite pro-American. It offers excellent insights into world events.
This article is about the rapid growth of bike sharing plans around the world; they report that 500 cities have bike share programs. Then they say; “Even in bike-hostile America, which in 2012 had 21 schemes with 8,500 bicycles, the Earth Policy Institute expects the fleet to more than quadruple by 2014 to 37,000.”
To an American cyclist there are two interesting ideas in the article: 1. Bike sharing in US cities is growing rapidly, though from a small base. 2. America is known world wide for not being bike friendly.
Let’s hope that the growth in bike sharing programs makes drivers feel better about cyclists; although there’s a very good chance it could have the opposite effect!
In the meantime, let’s all obey all traffic rules, be as courteous and helpful to drivers as possible and wear the brightest clothing we can find. I naturally always ride with see me wear, I hope you do the same.