Public Bikes in Europe

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It’s hardly news that cycling has become the resurgent activity that encompasses almost every aspect of contemporary life from work, to exercise, to transport, to love, and also holidays.

With each month rush hour contains more and more regular joes squeezing their bikes through sluggish traffic and past the pedestrian, driver, and bus commuters so why not extend the journey and head abroad on a cycle?

“When I see an

adult on a bicycle,

I do not despair

for the future of

the human race.”

– H.G. Wells

Obviously the cost of taking your bike abroad can be prohibitive, and just a bit of pain, luckily there are commuter options in a many major cities.

So here’s a quick guide from Trebuchet and Tug to some of the cities that are  hosting easy public bikes for all of us people to use.

Bike-holidays-with-public-bikes_webInfographic designed by the team of the flight comparison site momondo

 

According to wikipedia:

“As at April 2013, there were 535 schemes worldwide, in 49 countries, including 132 in Spain, 104 in Italy, and 79 in China. The total fleet comprised 517,000 bicycles. This is a sharp increase from 2008, when there were 213 schemes operating in 14 countries using 73,500 bicycles, and 2011, when 375 schemes operated 236,000 bikes.

In particular, adoption outside Europe rocketed over that period, up from one system (in Washington D.C.) to around 143, with more than 50 percent of the world fleet in the Asia Pacific region (substantially, China)”

– wikipedia: A List of bicycle sharing systems

““When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.” – Elizabeth West

 

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