Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says it again, “Bikeshare is a game changer”.
Bloomberg on the Radio: Bike Share Is the “Wave of the Future”
New York City Mayor: Mayor Michael Bloomberg
“Imagine a new public transportation system for Sacramento, flexible, cheap and sustainable, providing cardio-workout benefits and devouring near-zero energy.
The system is neither experimental nor destined to become obsolete in a few years. In fact, it’s been tested in various formats for years and is established globally as a marvel of engineering logic.”
“There is no holy grail, but a public bike share is pretty close.” – Gabe Klein, November 2012
New York remains relatively devoid of bike racks, but it’s hoped that the bike-share program will be a turning point, and help “push back against a range of modern ills” — congestion, pollution and obesity, to name a few. As Chicago transportation commissioner Gabe Klein says, “Bikes are definitely a symbol of what your city stands for.”
In an emailed statement to McClatchy, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood touted his department’s work promoting bike-sharing and other alternatives to driving:
“Through our programs, we have funded new bike lanes and paths and have supported the development of bike-sharing programs to improve opportunities for people to get around safely and conveniently on a bicycle.”
At a news conference in May, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg sounded enthusiastic about his city’s initiative: “Every city I’ve talked to mayors in around the world, it’s one of the most popular things they’ve ever done. I would expect it to be popular here.”
“We are a small town and it is a real privilege to be able to work with SandVault Group Global Solutions Corp on this innovative community bike share program.” Says Mayor Christina Benty. “Being a healthy and active community is important to us so the bike program is a natural fit expanding transportation options for locals and tourists.”
“I really don’t think we can add stations fast enough to match the demand and incredible enthusiasm for Capital Bikeshare,” according to Gabe Klein, director of the District Department of Transportation. “It is not only bikesharing, it is a new bike transportation network,” says Klein. “The installation of bike lanes, bike signals and now this bikeshare program will provide people with safer routes throughout the city and into Arlington ”