Bike-sharing: a useful way of move in the city

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Bike-sharing: a useful way of move in the city
Avril 2016

It is one of the tools that promotes sustainable mobility, avoids the release of CO2 emissions and gives the people the opportunity to use a means of transportation that is practical in big cities.

We are speaking about bike-sharing, a system of bike use that has increased in cities all over the world and allows people to ride a bike without even owning it! But, how does it work?
The working principle is very simple: cities provide stations in different areas in which a row of bikes is parked. People can take and use a bike thanks to a specific badge or a key provided by the city after paying a membership fee. When they don’t need it any more they just return the bike to another station within the system.

As proof of the success of this method, the application of this system is quickly increasing in the world. According to the Earth-Policy Institute, an organization that has made some research on this and has the aim to provide a plan of a sustainable future, there were less than 10 countries in the world that adopted bike sharing in 2000. But, by 2013, the countries rose quickly up to 50 in 500 cities. There are 63% of the bike sharing programs based in Europe, 25% in Asia, 12% in America and the rest in Africa and Australia.

Wuhan, China, has the highest number of bikes that are available through this system with about 90,000 bikes. Hangzhou, also in China, follows with about 70,000. In third place there is a European city, Paris, with more than 20,000 bikes. There is a list of all the cities that provide a bike sharing system on There is also an interesting factsheet available at

There are multiple benefits of bike sharing: environmental; 40% of bike share users report to driving less than before; bike share stations facilitate social interactions; people can save money on transportations costs (800 dollars per year estimated).
And then, riding is, of course, more fun than driving a car, isn’t it?

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