By Liesl Clark
Boulder, Colorado has figured it out and so has Boston, MA. People can put money in a meter and rent a bike to get around the city rather then use any other form of fuel or electric-powered transportation. Boulder’s program, if you become a member, allows you to rent in 15 other cities, too.
Bike sharing means you don’t need to own a bike or bring one to the city when you need to get around for errands or meetings. Through bike sharing you simply need to know where the stations are to return a bike or retrieve one for a quick journey. Boston’s Hubway, for example, has over 1000 bikes and 100 stations in operation today. If you live in these cities, try the bike sharing systems out and let us know what you think!
Similarly you can always look into a standard bike rental at your nearest shop, as they’ll likely rent based on your specific needs. Bike shops are doing their best to get more people and bikes on roads and trails nationwide.
In Paonia, CO for example a little bike shop called Galaxy will outfit you with state-of-the-art mountain bikes for the sweet single track backcountry trails just out of town. They also have beach-style clunkers for in-town galavanting. Scooters are even available for downtown getting-around.
Take a little time out of your busy day to get a bike ride in. Better yet, replace a car ride with a bike ride at least once each week, reducing your carbon footprint and giving you a little bonus time outdoors.
As the wonders of bike transportation are growing worldwide, so are the wonderful reuses of bicycle parts. This bicycle fence/trellis in Paonia is just one cool example. If you’re looking for more inspiration, please visit our Trash Backwards app where we have many bike reuses to share: