Bike Sharing Is One Of Fastest Growing Modes Of Transportation In U.S. | green streets | Scoop.it
Bike sharing has skyrocketed in the United States since its introduction. Since 2008, 30 U.S. cities have launched bike sharing programs.

As Americans start looking for greener, more affordable ways to get around, it’s no surprise that since 2008, 30 U.S. cities have launched bike sharing programs, and several others are in developmental stages.

If you’re unfamiliar, bike sharing gives city dwellers the ability to rent a bike from various local kiosks and return it to any other location, creating a hassle-free (and gas-free) way to get around.

According to Capital Bikeshare’s 2011 Member Survey, more than 41% of users claim to have cut down on car trips after joining the bike sharing program, driving an average of 523 miles less every year. This calculates to a reduction of 487.7 pounds of CO2 released into the air per person. It’s also created a surge in local bike shop sales, with many users deciding to go out and get their own bike after starting the program...