Huge graveyards of abandoned bikes are piling up in China after sharing craze reaches peak

April 2, 2018 by  
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Bike-sharing took off in China , where many city dwellers battle smog and bikes offered a potential clean alternative. Now, without the infrastructure to support them, and an over-saturation in the sharing market, abandoned bikes have piled into massive graveyards in cities like Shanghai and Beijing  – forcing us to ask: are bicycles polluting metropolises they were intended to aid? The Atlantic reported  bike sharing growth surpassed demand and  Deutsche Welle (DW) said  that bikes are piling up into massive graveyards. 16 to 18 million bikes hit streets in China from around 60 companies, TIME said , and most cities weren’t prepared to handle the influx. There aren’t any set docking stations or bike stands, so most bikes are just parked on the side of the road, according to the publication. Back in December, Fortune reported the co-founder of bike-share startup Ofo , Zhang Siding, said, “The bike-sharing phenomenon has grown very quickly in the last few years, but the layout and infrastructure [of] cities in China aren’t something that can be changed as quickly to accommodate this new trend.” Related: China’s largest bike share launches air-purifying bicycles for 20 million citizens Bike graveyards have grown as some bike-sharing companies fold, and their surplus bicycles sprawl in vacant lots. DW said police now have to gather unwanted vehicles from roads and parks, and pile them in fields out of city centers. According to Fortune, last year Ofo launched a credit score system: users would be penalized for antisocial behavior like traffic violations or bike dumping, and rewarded for positive behavior, like reporting damaged or lost bikes. If users’ points were all deducted, they’d be barred from the service. They were also reportedly working with interest groups in cities to come up with new strategies — for example, in Guangzhou, traffic wardens or local groups can send feedback to the company if bikes are accumulating and Zhang said, “we’ll send people down to deal with it.” Health and air quality benefits are still present with bike-sharing, and The Atlantic said the trend is still popular, and bike-sharing will likely keep growing — just maybe at a slightly more sustainable rate. Via The Atlantic , TIME , Deutsche Welle , and Fortune Images via Philip Cohen on Flickr , Chris on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Houston Bike Share offers free bicycles to people who lost cars to Harvey

September 14, 2017 by  
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Houston Bike Share is distributing free bicycles to those who lost their vehicles in Hurricane Harvey . When the powerful storm dumped a record amount of rain on the Houston area, damaging at least 100,000 homes and killing more than 70 people, it also destroyed hundreds of thousands of cars. Many of those who lost their vehicles are still paying for them, which makes purchasing a new car difficult. Through its program Keep Houston Rolling , in partnership with  BikeHouston , Freewheels Houston and Rice Bikes , Houston Bike Share aims to provide access to alternative transportation to those who need it. Houston is a car city, as is clear in its infrastructure and its local culture. “I love driving my car, I’m never going to get rid of it,” admitted Carter Stern, executive director of  Houston Bike Share . “But I ride my bike to work three to four days a week, and that’s great. I [view] the mobility in a city less as a binary decision and more as giving people a healthy ecosystem of options.” In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, access to bikes could make a difference for those who currently are immobile without their vehicles. “It’s a way for us to put a dent in some of the issues that are going to be facing Houston in the aftermath of the storm,” said Stern. Related: China’s largest bike share launches air-purifying bicycles for 20 million citizens Although Keep Houston Rolling is serving an immediate need in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it may have a sustained impact on how the city views and supports biking as a transportation mode going forward.  “When I go to city meetings or talk with the community, there’s a lot of skepticism around using a bike for utilitarian purposes, not just for fun,” said Stern. “But once you start using it to go to the store or go to work, you realize it’s healthy, it’s easy, it’s good, it’s relaxing.” Via Fast Company Lead image via Pixabay , others via Houston Bike Share and Brandon Navarro

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Doctors Now Prescribe Bike Share Memberships to Patients in Boston

April 8, 2014 by  
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The City of Boston has officially enlisted bike sharing in the fight against obesity. Under the recently launched “Prescribe-a-Bike” program, Boston Medical Center doctors can now write low-income patients prescriptions for a $5 subsidized one-year membership to the Hubway bike-share system. The annual subscription would give qualifying patients access to Hubway’s 1,100 bikes at 130 locations. Read the rest of Doctors Now Prescribe Bike Share Memberships to Patients in Boston Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike share , bike share prescriptions , bike sharing , boston , boston medical center , hubway , kate walsh , marty walsh , obesity , prescribe a bike

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PHOTOS: We Try Turning a Regular Citi Bike into an Electric Bike with the New ShareRoller

February 27, 2014 by  
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The ShareRoller is the world’s first portable motor designed specifically for transforming Citi Bikes into electric bikes . The compact, 6-7 lb. device will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow as part of a Kickstarter campaign, but we got a sneak peek earlier this week in New York City. Read on to learn more about this game-changing gadget, and see what we thought about our test ride. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike share , Citi bike , citi bike electric bike , citi bike electric motor , e-bikes , e-bikes nyc , electric bikes , electric bikes in nyc , electric motor attachment for bike , green transportation , nyc bike share , portable electric motor for citi bike , ShareRoller , shareroller citi bike , shareroller test drive        

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Liquid’s Peer-to-Peer Bike Share Program Makes Renting a Bike Easy

December 31, 2012 by  
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Visiting a city or live in a place that doesn’t have a bike share program yet? Don’t fret – Liquid is a new peer-to-peer bike rental marketplace that makes it easy to borrow a bike from individuals or bike rental shops. Like other peer-to-peer networks, Liquid isn’t just a place to conduct bike rental transactions – it’s also a great way to meet people that share your passion for cycling. Read the rest of Liquid’s Peer-to-Peer Bike Share Program Makes Renting a Bike Easy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike rentals , liquid , liquid marketplace , listing your bike for rent , meeting people who love bicycles , peer to peer bike rental , reviews on liquid , spinlister

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Portland Approves Bike Share Program

March 28, 2012 by  
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Portland, Oregon is a bike-friendly city that hosts yearly events like the Portland Naked Bike Ride (NSFW) and in 2012, hosted their biggest Bicycle Show yet with record crowds. So it comes as no shock that they’re getting in on the bike share…

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Long Island and Connecticut Launch Bike Share Programs

July 29, 2011 by  
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Bike share programs seem to be on the rise everywhere except New York City (curses!), but the trend is slowly inching closer to the Big Apple with shares popping up in the municipalities of Long Beach, Long Island and the other in Simsbury, Connecticut. The two municipalities are working on their own bike initiatives, with Simsbury’s already up and running, and Long Beach’s set to launch this fall. The programs are the  first municipal run bike share programs in the tri-state area. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike fatality long island , bike share , bike share program , bike share program Connecticut , bike share program nyc , bike share program simsbury , brooklyn bike share program , Connecticut bike sharing program , decobike , Decobike Miami

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