Linus Bike, Commuter Bike Manufacturer, Applauds Bike Sharing Programs in Americas

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Cities across the U.S. are implementing new bike sharing programs. Linus applauds their efforts.

On February 20, Linus Bike, which designs European-style city and commuter bikes, responds to a recent article on new bikesharing programs that are springing up throughout the United States and Latin America.

The article in Living Green Magazine asserts that in recent years, city and commuter bicycling have become more mainstream in America. “Initially, the problem in North America was viewing cycling mainly as a sport or targeted recreation, rather than a beneficial transportation option or a solution for traffic or urban issues. Basically, bike commuting was, primarily, being viewed as a quirky, hippie, European idea – a subculture.”

But with companies like ZipCar and other car sharing services popping up, says the article, bike sharing programs are finding their own niche market for people looking to stay green and stay in shape. Bicycle commuting is becoming increasingly normalized, according to the article, and “changes are coming into effect after long analyses of demographics, behavioral economics, operational – social, commercial and business – movements, the availability and the dynamics of existing public transportation networks, city topography, and even the climate.”

Portland, Washington D.C. and New York City are three of the U.S. cities that are seeing the most success with these programs, reports the article – Portland was actually the first U.S. city to start a free bike sharing program in 1994, when a group of environmental activists formed the Create-A-Commuter program, which provided second-hand bikes to low-income families.

Washington D.C plays host to “today’s largest and most successful bike share program in the U.S.... in terms of size, ridership, and financial viability,” the article states. The difference with this program is that, unlike many that are run privately, D.C's is run by the Municipal Government.

New York City, notorious for its overabundance of cabs, is supposed to implement the largest bike sharing program in the Western Hemisphere in March of this year. Over 10,000 shared bikes will be set up at 600 different stations throughout the city.

Miami, Boston and Kansas City have also successfully implemented bike sharing programs in their cities, as well as several cities in Latin America. Chicago and Los Angeles are planning on implementing similar programs in the coming months.

Jason Latty, National Sales Manager for Linus Bike, applauds these cities for taking the initiative to encourage commuter cycling. “Staying green is only one advantage of the bike commuter,” says Latty. “With the obesity epidemic in our nation, clearly a lot of people could benefit from these programs. Commuting by bicycle is a great way to get daily exercise, and for people that are normally not so active it’s a fun and easy alternative to the gym.” Latty went on to encourage more cities throughout the U.S. – big and small – to support bike sharing programs. “Let’s make this the norm in our country,” he said.

Linus Bike is a California-based bicycle manufacturer that specializes in creating vintage style city bikes and commuter bikes. Not simply a bicycle company, Linus Bike sells a complete 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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