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Milanese bike-sharing is an exemplary case but unfortunately rare in Italy. The world is beautiful because it is varied we leave Italy and take a trip around the globe to find out what other cities combine with the services of bike sharing.
Norway. With the service bike sharing by Bysykkel, a subscription in Norway costs around 12 euros. The Bysykkel service was among the first automated systems of bike sharing, launched in April 2001. Since Norway has decided to ban petrol cars, cycling could become a more comfortable alternative than expected!
Switzerland. Among the services of bike sharing Switzerland's most popular, we have the PostBus which today has 80 stations with 800 bicycles in 20 different cities. Who uses the service? The regulars who have signed up for a subscription are over 11,000. PostBus, in August 2011 began offering an alternative service to public transport by installing the so-called "PubliBike " at train stations. The company's goal is to establish a national network that goes beyond the few cities in which it operates.
Paris. Here the inhabitants can count on a program of bike sharing which counts on 10,000 bicycles located in 750 stations, a program comparable to the “smaller” city of New York.
Huangyan. China. Huangyan District has only started its program for 5 months bike sharing and already has up to 2,500 bicycles. The Chinese program integrates local public transport (bus, tram…) with the stations of bike sharing and it is the only city in the globe that can boast a similar organization.
In the wake of the Huangyan district, the Chinese city of Yinchuan is planning to launch a system of bike sharing that starts with "only" 4000 bicycles that integrate with 200 buses! China has always been looking for totally integrated transport systems between urban centers and suburbs, the solution seems to have come from bicycles that are totally integrated with bus lines, high-speed trains and subways.
Houston, Texas. In this country the focus is on savings. The system of bike sharing he is very young in the city of Houston but by the end of the year he will have more than 200 bicycles. Why do you focus on savings? With $ 50 you can take out an annual subscription that allows you to pick up your bike daily. A weekly pass is offered for $ 15.
Chicago, Illinois. The city of Chicago has signed a contract worth 21 million dollars, thus, the company Alta Bicycle Share will provide citizens with 3,000 bicycles with a network of 300 stations.
Toronto, Canada. The Bixi company celebrated its first anniversary with over 550,000 "racing". Bixi is the system of bike sharing more expensive because it offers an annual subscription of $ 95. The company Bixi he rescued the city of Montreal where last week, due to a breakdown, the subway had to stop running for 8 hours, so 200,000 commuters exploited the Bixi stations. In a short time, over 4,500 bicycles were rented by commuters.
New York. USA. As a final stop, we arrive in New York where citizens can count on a program of 10,000 bicycles located in 600 stations. The New York program still needs to grow, perhaps with better organization of service stations, for example like that of Paris!