It's Just Like Riding A Bike...Mostly, Kinda

What can leaders of a particularly hilly city do to encourage cycling? Well, they can try making it easier to ride a bike.

Stuttgart, Germany, has a lot of hills, which makes for greater air pollution and, ironically, tougher cycling as an alternative to driving. So, Stuttgart leaders looked for ways to make cycling easier.

"The city has teamed up with the British company Ultra Motors that produces the Pedelec, an electric bicycle, which is fitted with an electro motor. While riders still have to pedal, the electric power makes climbing up hills considerably less of an effort.

Under a trial scheme, developed by Stuttgart and the British company, customers will pay a monthly subscription fee and receive the bike free of charge.

As part of the trial, the city will set up stations across Stuttgart where the bike's lithium batteries can be re-charged within 15 minutes at no cost to subscribers."

Thanks to Larry Schooler

Full Story: Stuttgart wants to make cycling less of an effort

Comments

Comments

What about the Bicycle Lift?

Bicycle Lift in Trondheim, Norway:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j1PgmMbug8

Also, in Odense, Denmark there's a bike counter. I saw it at 3,500 cyclists at mid-day.

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!
Women's t-shirt with map of Los Angeles

City T-Shirts for the ladies!

Women's Supersoft CityFabric© Fashion Fit Tees. Now available in six different cities.
$24.00

Wear your city with style!

100% silk scarves feature detailed city maps. Choose from six cities with red or blue trim.
$55.00