Ever since the launch of Reddy bike share, I have been impressed with the number of new cyclists out on the road. Bike share is a leveling tool that puts a bike in the hands of everyone that wants to ride. There’s no need to store a bike, repair a bike, worry about a bike… bike share is inexpensive, easy to use, and is ultimately a healthy initiative.
Beyond the the obvious benefits of bike share, Strong Towns’ member/blogger Arian Horbovetz has gone even farther, by demonstrating the tourism advantages that cities reap. Horbovetz, who lives in Rochester, has spent some time exploring NYS cities without the use of an automobile. He did this by taking trains and buses to various destinations, and then using light rail and bike share to get around town. Along with bike share, the writer also points out the benefits of trails, paths, connectivity, etc.
Bike share allows people to access more destinations than ever. It’s a game changer for tourism in cities like Buffalo that have embraced the transportation measure. You can read the Strong Towns article here.
Photo: Arian Horbovetz – Strong Towns