Should #bikesharing be subsidized? Or privatized? @MarcGunther #Washington #cycling

I’m a fan of bike sharing, as regular readers of this blog know (see this and this ), and a satisfied, albeit irregular, customer of Capital Bikeshare , the convenient and well-managed public bike-sharing system in Washington, D.C., which now extends into the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia. There’s a potential cloud over bike sharing, though, and it is this: So far, at least, no big-city bike sharing system of which I am aware is financially self-supporting . This doesn’t trouble me. Bike sharing is form of mass transit. If you believe, as I do, that subways and buses deserve taxpayer support, bike sharing does, too. It creates a slew of positive externalities, including reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, reduced traffic congestion, a healthier populace and the mobility that city dwellers without cars need to get to work or school. (You may be wondering,...

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/marcgunther/330491...

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  1. 01 Sep '14, 11pm

    I almost agree, except on all the other forms of subsidized transportation (subways, buses, ferries) you can bring your kids along. Until they add child seats or update the rules to allow for 1 adult and 1 child, bikeshare will be serving a relatively small segment of the population.

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