Bicycle Shares: Rapidly Changing Public Transportation

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Five years ago in August of 2008, Washington D.C. was given the nation’s first bike sharing system. While ambitious in its cultural and social leap, it was modest in scale, featuring just 120 bicycles docked in 10 automated rental locations—but people liked it.

By 2010, the program was replaced by something much bigger and more ambitious—Capital Bikeshare—which now boasts nearly 200,000 riders and 2.3 million trips per year. In the years since its expansion, the pioneering program has been replicated many times over by San Francisco, New York City, and Miami, among others.

The visionary man behind Washington D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare program is now the transportation commissioner for another enormous American city that has rolled out a bike share program: Chicago. His name is Gabe Klein, and he joins us to discuss how biking is changing the face of public transportation and what's next.

See Also: Infographic: U.S. Opinions of Bike Share Programs



Gabe Klein

Produced by:

Megan Quellhorst


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

art525 from Park Slope

I hve lived in NYC for thirty years. One of the things that appealed so strongly to me that is that it was called a "walking city". I loved that. Nowadays I find myself constantly looking over my shoulder for bikers zooming through red lights with no consideration for pedestrians. I feel these self absorbed bikers have diminished the quality of life in the city. Your question of how your bike defines who you are seems no different than people who define themselves by their BMWs and Mercedes> I find it pretty shallow that these people need to define themselves by their possessions. ANd these haikus are pretty self aggrandizing. Altogether rather unctuous.

Sep. 17 2013 03:30 PM

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