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Bike Share while traveling

Bixi St-Laurent

May is Bike to Work month, but I don’t see why it can’t also be Bike Share While Traveling month!

Recently while in San Diego for a conference I noticed bike stations for DecoBike.  We have a similar program in Seattle called Pronto, a program I am proud to say I am a member of.

The way bike share programs like Pronto or DecoBike works is (usually) this:


Most of the bike share programs I have seen give you a time limit on the bike of 30-60 minutes; so you are not borrowing the same bike for the entire day, just for one trip.  For tourists, the best option is usually a one day pass (for $8-$15 depending on the city) where you get unlimited 30 minute rides during that 24 hour period.

Washington DC was the first city to have a program (which makes sense… flat city with centralized attractions).  There are over 600 bike share programs worldwide, so there is a good chance the city you are visiting has one!

Bike Share in Washington DC
Seattle is one of the few cities that has a helmet laws (even for adults) so helmets are provided as well.

To check if the city you are traveling to has a bike share program, I would suggest checking out this wikipedia page.

Bike share while traveling is a great way to explore a new city, be outdoors, and get some exercise.


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