Today, most dense cities around the world now have bike-sharing programs so that you can zip around town with ease.
One of those cities where bike sharing has taken off is New York City. Citi Bike has made waves, as nearly 100,000 active annual members zip around the traffic-clogged city on shared bikes.
Citi Bike has more than 100 stations all over the city, and once you’re done with your ride, you can return your borrowed bike to another station close to your destination.
Biking in urban areas is nothing revolutionary, but it’s something that’s really caught on in big numbers here in the United States in recent years.
From China to Denmark, if you observe rush-hour traffic, you’ll probably notice a lot of bike traffic. Given our love affair with the automobile here in America, it’s taken us a bit longer to catch on to this trend.
Even in areas with public transportation, sometimes our systems don’t service every area and leave neighborhoods with poor transportation connections to job centers.
It is in neighborhoods like these where bike sharing can help underserved areas and their citizens become more mobile.
Citi Bike is growing and is being hailed as a model for other cities. Notably, corporate sponsorship from Citibank and Mastercard allowed this program to get off the ground without any taxpayer dollars.
Now, some people are calling for taxpayer support to help further expand the reach of this growing bike-sharing program, and make it more affordable for our fellow citizens.
Look for many other cities to follow New York City’s lead in the near future.
In an era where we’re all in rush, and many of us are concerned about our environmental impact, bike sharing can be a great way to get around.
Of course, when riding a bike, you should always wear a helmet. The bikesharing stations don’t have helmets, so bring one with you. Wearing a helmet can mean the difference between life and death if you fall off a bike.
The sharing economy is brilliant because we maximize resources when we pool and share. Biking is a great way to get around, but finding a place to store your bike when you’re done with your ride is a pain in the neck. This is where bike-sharing programs fill a convenient niche for city dwellers.
Whether it’s Citi Bike, Uber, AirBnB or any other company that’s making the sharing economy work, there’s little doubt that their business models are making life for millennials a whole lot easier.
This article was originally featured on GenFKD.org
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David is the Editor of Bold. He's especially passionate about millennial economic empowerment. A former local news reporter, David is originally from the Little Havana area in Miami, and later became a pioneer resident of the Disney-inspired town of Celebration, Florida. David holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.