So I keep saying how proud I am that D.C. will have the first modern bike sharing program in the U.S. Well sorry, but Tulsa beat us to it.
A fleet of pink bicycles is arriving in River Parks. The bikes, which will be free to users, are part of a pilot program designed to promote healthy lifestyles.
So ours may be the first to be about transportation more than health. But it will use the same system as Paris.
Unlike other free bicycle programs, Warren said, this one uses a high-tech, credit-card-swipe system to free bikes from a locking rack.
If that bike is stolen or not returned, the rider's credit card will be charged $100.
Their program will be even smaller than D.C.'s. 75 bikes at 4 stations.
Tulsa? Tulsa. And theirs is free to use. Also, check out this post on how Bicing is expanding in Spain.
The plans for Córdoba are very modest, due to the relative small size of the city: 35 bikes in 4 stations, linking the historic center with spots such as the City Hall and the High Speed Train (AVE) station.
Sevilla has more ambitious plans. First of all, the model will be copied from Lyon's bike, with a beefed up service, named Sevici, with 2,500 bikes available and 250 parking stations distributed in all city districts
Thanks to RPUS for the head's up on the Tulsa program. In Richard's post he also calls for more neighborhood rides and a return of something like Bike DC.
The Tulsa World also reported on a state-wide annual bicycle jaunt called Oklahoma FreeWheel. It's similar, but on a much wider scale, to Arlington and Alexandria's recent bike ride covering 20+ miles on June 3rd.
Again, we need to do something like this in DC, at the neighborhood level, and city-wide, and maybe like the Oklahoma riders, we need to go into and touch various points in Maryland and Virginia while doing so.
The ride is basically Oklahoma's RAGBRAI.