Celebrating the new London cycling scheme, the Economist writes: Getting people onto bikes for short journeys has to be a good idea in a city where the alternatives are breathtakingly expensive taxis, sweaty and overcrowded underground trains and buses that often crawl along congested streets. And the scheme has laudable ambitions. As Boris Johnson, London’s affable mayor, puts it: “In 1904, 20% of journeys were made by bicycle in London…
I absolutely loved Barcelona’s bici system. It’s great to have a bike to get you e.g. from Plaza Espanya directly to the beach! In Germany, rentable bikes have been available at most train stations for some years. You call a number, get a pin and there we go. Surely the London system will work out well with a bit of time.
What’s your experience with bike schemes in your city?
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