Commuter Bike Manufacturer Linus Bike Responds to an Article Concerning a Bike Sharing Program Being Planned for California

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Bicycle producer Linus Bike reacts to an article published for Palo Alto Online News regarding a possible bike sharing program that may be created for the Palo Alto and Stanford areas of California.

August 22nd, commuter bike manufacturer Linus Bike commented on a story published for Palo Alto Online News in regards to a pilot bike sharing program that may bring 100 rental bicycles to the city of Palo Alto and to Stanford area in California.

According to the article, the goal for the bike project is to encourage the use of public transportation, making the bicycles available alongside transit hubs for Caltrain, a California commuter rail line. The initial plan proposed for the city of Palo Alto was to establish four bike stations in which riders could rent a bicycle, use it for transportation, and then drop off the bicycle at another location. Palo Alto Online News explains that riders would need to pay an initial rental fee and then the first thirty minutes of riding would be free. However, the development plans for the bike sharing program have been halted after disapproval from the review board. Vice Chair Clare Malone Prichard and Board Chair Judith Wasserman felt that very few people would be willing to pay for bicycle rentals and that most individuals would opt to walk instead. According to Palo Alto Online News, the vote has been rescheduled for August 16th.

Although the chief purpose of the bike sharing program is to encourage public transportation use, the people at Linus Bike, commuter bikes manufacturer, believes there are several benefits to implementing bike sharing programs to cities. According to Linus Bike Sales Manager Jason Latty, “While this bike sharing program is meant to promote the use of public transportation, perhaps it has the ability to encourage more cycling throughout the entire city. If more people are put in situations where they have the opportunity to cycle, there is the possibility that people will feel encouraged to use bicycles more and more in their everyday lives. By cycling, people will be directly involving themselves in the green movement all while bettering their own health.”

The article states that the pilot bike sharing program has been funded through regional and local grants as well as with money contributed through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Climate Initiatives Grant program. Additionally, the article affirms that if the vote for the program passes it will be funded through membership and rental fees as well as corporate sponsorships.
Linus Bike is a California-based bicycle manufacturer that specializes in creating vintage style city bikes and commuter bikes. Not solely a bicycle company, Linus Bike distributes an entire line of accessories for the environmentally conscious and for those who have a fondness for European style bicycles and the great tradition of European cycling.

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