green bike traffic light

Let’s be honest. Some of us just aren’t bus people. The routes can meander far out of our way and the drivers aren’t always necessarily punctual. Sometimes it’s standing room only for a 45 minute drive, and the deal breaker for me? I have no control over the radio. Walking a few miles to work or class isn’t always feasible either, and we all know how those few miles a day driving a personal automobile can really rack up to contribute to the air pollution problem. So what’s an eco-conscious guy or girl to do? Biking is an excellent solution for the sustainable commuter. This emission free cardio is good for the environment AND your health. No bike? No problem. There are a number of bike-share programs all over the country–nay, the world!– that allow you to rent a bike or a small fee, comparable to the cost of a bus pass, and far less expensive than the cost of gas and maintenance of a car. Check it:

Hangzhou Public Bicycle and Vélib’
Bike sharing isn’t a local phenomenon; the two largest bike sharing programs in the world are Hangzhou Public Bicycle in China and Vélib’ in France; they boast 60,000 and 20,000 bicycles available for use, respectively. Both systems work similarly. First, you buy a membership or ticket (all electronic; no worrying about change for bus fare!). The length of these can vary, from a day to a year. Once you have your membership set up, you go to any of the public access stations, grab a bike, and ride off into the sunset. (more…)