On 10 days of sharing bikes in Chicago

by

John Bracken

Chicago’s bike share program has been around for 10 days and 10,000 rides. As I’m responsible for more than .1% of them, I thought I’d share some thoughts about bike sharing and what it means for Chicago.

via @dylanr via @dylanr

In short, the big blue bikes are changing the way I think about my city. Despite a couple of glitches, the blue velocipedes were worth the wait. Bike share has the potential to change the way we use the city as dramatically as the arrival of public transit did in a previous century. The ready availability of bikes in dense urban neighborhoods will alter residents’ decisions about where to go and how to get there. There’s a chance we’ll look back on 2013 and laugh about the hipster idea of sharing bikes, but I doubt it.

A week ago friends and I pondered where to go for a drink to…

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