Friday, April 3, 2009
"in a world of automobiles, can one woman on a yellow bike make a difference? perhaps not. but maybe a fleet of bikes might create a new model for sustainable transportation."
day 2 of projecting change film festival and i watched the documentary/travelogue tale of a yellow bike, a round the world journey to learn about bike share initiatives spotlighting beijing, amsterdam, bogota, new york, la rochelle and paris; what works and what doesn't.
this is an awesome idea.
below is paris' velib bike sharing program: proven so successful, countries around the world are looking at using this model for their own cities.
on july 15, 2007 paris debuted the world's largest self-service "bicycle transit system" called vélib outdoing previously designed bike share programs. vélib is a balance of scale and functionality, clocking in with more than 20,000 bikes, and 1,451 docking stations, which are never more than 1,000 feet apart. as a result, vélib is effectively a new form of public transportation that has generated more than 25 million new bicycle trips in its first year, 10% of which substitute former car trips.
pedal power: a great way to reduce car culture.
perhaps one day we'll have this in vancouver? that would be pretty rad.