August 26, 2008

Bike Sharing at the DNC

We already know who is getting nominated at the DNC, so there's no surprise there. What is a little surprising coming out of Denver this week is the nation's largest bike sharing initiative. The bike-sharing program from Humana and Bikes Belong called Freewheelin' recorded 1,429 rides, 2,937 miles ridden, 92,000 calories burned and a carbon-footprint reduction of just more than one metric ton at the convention so far. Bike-sharing works by situating bikes at designated stations throughout cities for individuals to use for a specified amount of time. Paris, France launched an initiative last year with close to 11,000 bikes. Soho in NYC has 20 total. Next week, the Republicans will also have the chance to ride around on these "free wheels" at their political convention.

Quote of the Day: “Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” Henry Van Dyke


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