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REPORT ON DOZENS OF U.S. CITIES BOARDING THE BIKE-SHARING BANDWAGON
EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE May 14, 2013
WHO: Janet Larsen, Director of Research, Earth Policy Institute
WHAT: Report on U.S. cities boarding the bike-sharing bandwagon and the role of the bicycle in today’s cities..
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 14, 2013
At the start of 2013, the United States was home to 22 modern public bike-sharing programs. By spring 2014, that number will likely double as a flurry of cities joins the more than 500 bike-sharing communities worldwide, according to new research from Earth Policy Institute. With the expansions of current programs and new openings in larger markets like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, the nationwide fleet of shared bikes is poised to quadruple in the next couple of years, from nearly 9,000 to above 36,000. And with a growing list of American communities exploring the possibility of setting up bike shares, this number is expected to continue to climb.
Janet Larsen, Director of Research and the report’s author, says, “Such pent-up demand for more cycling options is on display in cities across the United States—from Buffalo to Boulder, Omaha to Oklahoma City, and Long Beach in New York to Long Beach in California—where shared bicycle programs are taking root.”
"Bike shares can bring the freedom, convenience, and joy of cycling to people who may not have ridden a bike since childhood," notes Larsen. "As programs mature and new ones are added, bike sharing could become a standard feature of the urban habitat, a must-have for any forward-thinking community."
Janet Larsen is available for interviews.
Read more about bike sharing around the globe here.
For more information or to set up one-on-one interviews contact Reah Janise Kauffman, (202) 496-9290 x 12 rjk ( at ) earth-policy.org or Janet Larsen, (202) 496.9290 x 14 jlarsen (at) earth-policy.org.