Did you know? A bicycle is a marvel of engineering efficiency, one where an investment in 22 pounds of metal and rubber boosts the efficiency of an individual mobility by a factor of three. On my bike I estimate that I get easily 7 miles per potato. For more information view the text and data in Chapter 6 of Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.
As Portland prepares to launch their Alta Bicycle Share program in the coming year, the Portland Mercury spoke with four writers from Minneapolis, Boston, Washington, DC, and New York about the bike-share programs in their cities. EPI's Director of Research Janet Larsen spoke about DC's Capital Bikeshare program, the country's second-largest system. You can read more about bike-share programs around the U.S in our latest Plan B Update "Dozens of U.S. Cities Board the Bike-Sharing Bandwagon."