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  • Paris Marron

    Haha. This is great - creative, healthy, fun, and creates community. Look at the strangers engaging with each other and playing in the video. Would love to see more experiments like this in more cities. Thanks for sharing, Patrick!

  • Ben Goldhirsh

    this is absolutely astonishing. opens such an exciting door in the realm of aligning behaviors in symbiotic ways through alternative currency/value exchange.

  • Alvaro Pedroche

    That`s great. Every country should have this type of payment... Unfortunately, here, in Spain you always have to pay the subway unless you jump over the turnstile...but it doesn`t count as exercise....
    Thanks for this article!
    Álvaro Pedroche
    www.consejosfitness.com

  • Armando Garma

    Let's take this concept a step further. If NYC were to place the bike rental program further out into the outer boroughs, I mean WAY out in the fringes, then you could establish a system where you can chip away at the number of cars coming into the city. Bike riders could get discounted or free subway passes to ride in to the last stop on the subways. The discount could be determined on the distance that they ride. This could help cut down on car transit from commuters. Instead of a "Park and Ride" system, you now have a "Ride and Ride" system.

  • kjergens

    @Patrick McDonnell - I think your comment is the real find here! I never thought to post something to the City of NY's FB page but I just did. (See here - https://www.facebook.com/nycgov?filter=2) Thanks for the tip on getting involved.

    • Armando Garma

      I agree that this would be great in NYC, with one condition, that the machines be placed OUTSIDE of the subway station as far away from the turnstiles as possible. If you need to ask why, then you haven't ridden the MTA on a daily basis.

  • Alejandro Cabrera

    This is only the beginning, others are getting inspired. I want my free ticket too.

  • ShipsRock

    Not only does this encourage some exercise, it can also turn out to be some step towards a non-money society. Of course, to achieve such a thing is probably either impossible or would take centuries, however: he above idea shows that it is likely to work, at least in certain fields of life. Thank you for letting us know. c:

    • Patrick McDonnell

      I like it! Getting paid to exercise. I bet it'd lower health care costs and health ins. There's something here...

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        More businesses should implement a program like this for employees! Some are trying to give incentives to employees who have great health.

  • Gregory Wilson

    I am from New York City. The fares for transportation are sky-rocketing. I would be in favor of having this program as it may also be a way to promote a health lifestyle.

    • Patrick McDonnell

      I'm not from NY, but I am an urban planner. NY's new gov website is really simple and accessible. I did a quick search and here's the link to connect with different departments in the City http://www1.nyc.gov/connect/social-media.page I bet if you send them an email, tweet, or post this to their facebook you'll get their attention. I'm a former Dallas City Planner and I loved getting messages like that from engaged folks. Start the conversation!

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    What a great way to engage the community in health and fitness! I wish this was in every city!