Activist Building Support For Philadelphia Bike-Sharing Program

<p>A community activist in Philadelphia is rallying support to pressure the city to consider a bike-sharing program similar to the Paris Velib system.</p>
January 20, 2008, 1pm PST | Nate Berg
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"The idea that Philadelphia, with its oppressive traffic, reckless drivers, rampant thieves, vandals and other assorted miscreants, would behave honorably enough to sustain such a system may seem dubious. Too kind? All right. An absurd, unthinkable, are-you-kidding bad joke."

"But cities with problems as bad as Philadelphia's have pulled it off, Meddin says."

"In most cases, theft is averted by the need for a credit card to get into the system, plus the bicycles contain GPS devices to track where and by whom they have been taken. They are designed so that their parts are unique and can't be easily jerry-rigged onto mainstream models. And, particularly in cities with large-scale programs, would-be thieves have little incentive to steal a bike because they are plentiful and virtually free to use."

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Published on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 in The Philadelphia Inquirer
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