Does your town or city have a bike sharing program? If no, why not start one or at least get your local government interested?
DC is taking the lead in the arena of self-service public bike programs and if they can do it there then I think it’s definite to spread across the major metropolitan areas of the US and will hopefully lead urban planners to increasingly take bike friendliness into account in the design process.
With the cost of gas continuing to skyrocket in the US (and not easing in the foreseeable future) bike sharing programs may become the way of the future to cutting commuter costs, traffic, and the environmental effects of cars.
Below is a list of links to domestic and foreign bike share programs, some big, some smaller, but all worthwhile efforts to get people on a bike and out of the driver’s seat. Feel free to add any programs or other relevant info in the comments section.
SmartBikeDC – DC’s program is now active
Blue Urban Bikes – based in Chapel Hill, NC
Proposed program in SF (SF Gate article)
NYC – The New York Bike-Share Project
Velo’v – Lyon, France
OyBike – London, UK
citybikes – Copenhagen, Denmark
bicing – Barcelona, Spain (in Catala and Castellano)
Velib – Paris, France (in French)
–more international programs listed at NY Bike-Share Project here