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April 26, 2010

Bike Sharing comes to Denver

Bike sharing is a new way for people to get out of their cars, and use bicycles to get around town.

It is a world-wide phenomenon.

The idea is that you pick up a bike at a bike sharing station, in the city, and drop it off when you’re done, at the same one, or another more convenient.

Talk about a simple, clean and affordable program!

Now one has been set up in Denver, Colorado.

Denver B-cycle is a joint program of Denver Bike Sharing and B-cycle LLC.

It was formed with the encouragement of the mayor with the notion of supporting, and carrying out certain aspects of city transportation plans.

With over 350 miles of bike routes, and trails, in the area they believe the program will be quite populare with natives, and tourists.

On their FAQ Page they list 14 benefits to Bike Sharing.

There is a  3 year old Blog, out of Washington DC,  by Metro Bike, that provides information about Bike Sharing around the world.

April 26, 2010 in Pedaling Advocacy | Permalink | Comments (2)

April 11, 2010

Pedaling Exercise Bikes to Criminal Couch Potatoes

Over at About Bicycling, David has discovered the latest effort by the Lovable Sheriff Joe Arpaio to ingratiate himself with the inmates of his jail, and Civil Liberties activists across the nation. ;-D

To paraphrase a misquoted Marie Antoinette...Make them ride Bicycles! ;-D

He added managing prisoner behavior by wiring the TVs in the prison to exercise bikes that power the sets when pedaled to his bag of tricks! 

He saw that half of the inmate population was overweight, many, um, consiberably.

He decided that if inmates want to indulge in their favorite pastime - watching TV - they would have to pedal for that privilege.

It's actually working out rather well, so far.

As expected opinions from the citizenry is heated as the comments show.

I say...You go, Joe! ;-D

Read the story, and comments, on David's Bicycling Blog

April 11, 2010 in Blogging Cyclists | Permalink | Comments (0)