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How Bike-Share Programs Can Help Close the Biking Gender Gap

As a female and a long-time bicycle lover, I was surprised to learn there's a pretty sizable biking gender gap in the U.S.

As a female and a long-time bicycle lover, I was surprised to learn there's a pretty sizable biking gender gap in the U.S. In 2009, only 24 percent of all bike trips were made by women, according to the League of American Bicyclists.

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VIDEO: An Ode to NYC's New Bike-Share Program

New York is implementing a bike-share program. Rarely do you hear a New Yorker so enthusiastically positive about something!

New York is implementing a bike-share program. Rarely do you hear a New Yorker so enthusiastically positive about something!

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No Docking Stations Needed: A 'Smarter' Bike Share

By: Sarah Gonzalez    This post also appeared on Transportation Nation.  Just a few days after New York starts up its bike share, Hoboken,...

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By: Sarah Gonzalez \n
This post also appeared on Transportation Nation. \n

Just a few days after New York starts up its bike share, Hoboken, N.J. will offer its own, more high-tech program.
Hoboken’s bikes have a built-in lock that replaces the need for bike docking stations, like the ones popping up in New York City. The integrated GPS and smart locks allow customers to lock their bikes at a bike rack.
Membership will cost $25 per month or $75 for the season, which runs through November.
Social Bicycles come with a built-in repair button for when customers get a flat tire, for example, and customers can see statistics of their bike ride, including a map of the course they biked and the amount of calories burned.
Starting this Saturday, the city will also offer bike rentals, through Bike and Roll, aimed at attracting tourists who want to bike the New York City skyline along Hoboken’s waterfront.
Bike and Roll will have $10 per hour rates and $34 daily rates.
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Bike Sharing Thrives, Even in Mexico City's Chaotic Streets

Five years ago, it would have taken a brave soul to ride a bike in downtown Mexico City. Not anymore, thanks to a wildly popular bike share system.

Five years ago, it would have taken a brave soul to ride a bike in downtown Mexico City, a place often associated with nightmarish traffic (the average commute is one and three-quarter hours each day) and poor air quality. But the city has made dramatic strides to promote cycling, from Muévete en Bici, street closures on Sunday mornings that attract more 15,000 cyclists each week, to a commitment to build 100 miles of bike paths by 2012, to the launch of a world-class bike share system, ECOBICI.

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Solar Power, GPS, and Mobile Apps: New York Plans High Tech Bike-Share

New York wants to launch the nation's largest bike-share without spending a dime of city money. They say new tech tools will let them earn money.


New York City just took the first steps to creating an official, city-wide bike-share network. The program would likely be the country's largest, and, according to city officials, should turn a profit.

New York Transportation Commissioner Janette-Sadik Khan tells Transportation Nation that the program would be entirely funded, maintained, and operated by a private contractor who would share the revenue the get from rentals and membership with the city. The program could be up and running as early as 2012.

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