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Bike Share Saves Lives

August 10th, 2011

Not only does bike share let you explore cities in a fun and carbon friendly way, now it turns out that implementing bike share programs might even improve safety.

From the Huffington Post:

A study of Barcelona’s bike-sharing program — called Bicing — showed that the system not only saved 9,000 tons of pollution from carbon dioxide, but it also led to 12 fewer cycling deaths a year. The study was published last week in the British Medical Journal.

Even though there were small estimated increases in cyclists’ deaths from traffic accidents and air pollution — 0.03 extra deaths and 0.13 deaths each year, respectively — the study found that about 12 lives were saved from the extra heart-healthy exercise per year.

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DC Gets Nation’s Largest Bikeshare Program

September 21st, 2010

Congrats to Washington D.C. who this week launched the nation’s biggest (and maybe baddest?) bike share program, Capital BikeShare.

The program has 1,100 bikes at 100 kiosks in the District and Northern Virginia. With an introductory yearly rate of $50, which will go up to $75, or a day pass for $5, the new bike share program certainly competes with other modes of alternative transportation, which means you should probably consider killing those cab fares next time you’re in town.

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