Bike sharing systems, a green mantra for clean cities

Biking is an excellent way to minimize your carbon footprint. This green tagged arrangement is steadily gaining popularity and bike sharing systems are popping up in many places. As the name itself suggests, bikes in these systems are rented out to people who return them back to stations after use. There are basically two types of bike sharing systems. Community systems are managed by non-profit organizations and local groups while the Smart systems are administered by government bodies and public-private ventures. Most of these systems have electronic gear for easy access and booking, GPS installations for tracking and ample of parking lots all over the city. But the basic function of these systems is to make green commute affordable. A few such nifty sharing systems have been enumerated below.

T- BIKE sharing system

Apart from a horde of green benefits, this scheme provides many impressive perks. Its cubical parking space, big enough to accommodate a car, can fit in about 32 bikes at a time. Thus, it can be easily fitted in any public space like underground railway stations and buildings. Whenever you want to use the bicycle, just pay for it via the digital mobile pass. To return the bike, just hunt for the closest station using the mobile app. The electricity powered T-Bike pick-up truck distributes these cycles around the city. This bike system is extremely secure, highly efficient and easily accessible.

Cykel: A Plug-in Electric Bike Sharing Concept

Propel this bike either by pedaling or charging with a plug to maneuver it like an electric cycle. The locking points power up the bike when it is stationed. Driving around and maintaining it is a cinch. The over mold tires are really robust and minimize chances of wheels going flat. The enclosed design keeps wardrobe blips at bay. The bike, inspired by European sharing programs, can be easily driven over rough terrain.

Sobi: A social bicycle sharing system

GPS enabled electronic lockboxes distinguish this bike system making it really safe and easy to manage. The box looking like a carry basket and has been fitted into the seat tubes. It’s retro reflective paint functions like rear LED lights. One can register for this system using subway ticket vending machines, street kiosks, smartphone application or a computer. After this the bike can be used by entering the pin number into the lockbox or sending an electronic request. The user will be charged for time they retain the bike. Its name “Sobi” is short for social bicycle and the piece was crafted by Mr. Ryan Rzepecki.

Urban Bike Sharing System for London

A bike sharing program on a massive scale will be rolled out in the capital city of England. Owing to the initiatives made by the London Mayor Ken Livingstone, the plan entails making available about 15000 bikes across 1000 stations. The program is funded by tax payer’s and will help to minimize traffic problems and air pollution in the city. It will kick start with 6000 sturdy granny bikes with baskets and mudguards fitted in their frame. The first 30 minutes of the ride will be free and thereafter a fee of £1 will be levied for every half hour. The bike stations will be set up at every 300 meters across the city and West End.

B-Cycle: The GPS-Equipped Bike Sharing System

The stations for this system are strewn all over Denver city. Just create an account to start using the cycles. Then, you can rent the bike from any station and also return to any place desired. The GPS tracks location of the bike. The navigation route cannot be viewed on the bike but is available online. Just pay $5 for a day and $65 for a year to rent out the cycles. There is a possibility that you will see this system in other cities too.

An inclusive bike sharing concept

Not only does this system reduce air pollution but it also applies the concept of “reuse and recycle” to help out environmental issues. The bikes manufactured from old and discarded ones are assembled in non specialized factories. Book them through web or sms and then use a key to unlock the cycle in a jiffy. A red light on the bike indicates that it is in use, yellow is for booking and green means that the cycle is free and can be engaged. A GPS system tracks their usual parking place making it difficult for anyone to steal these cycles. When the bike is steered away, its back wheel becomes taut restricting its motion. Also, the bikes are fitted with customized parts, thus if they are stolen then replacing these exclusive parts is next to impossible.

Bike sharing system concept from Continuum

This clean and green system is secure and easily accessible. It has a compact parking area that fits in 14 bikes in the same space that a single car will occupy. Its self service kiosk does not require any personnel to oversee operations hence this one is a great choice for public areas. It is powered by eco friendly solar energy. Card readers are installed so that the bike can be easily retrieved by swiping a smart card.

New Bike Share System by RAFAA (CH)

This arrangement proposes to increase usage of bikes. It integrates W-Lan and GPS and hence is well connected and gives out updates about the location and status of the bike constantly. The plan provides a genius solution to not crowd the city with a throng of parking areas. Therefore, the docking stations for these bikes will be extended vertically and built underground also. The concept was unveiled at the International Climate Conference held in Copenhagen last year by Rafael Schmidt.

Bicyclus bike sharing system for Copenhagen

The payment for these bikes will be charged according to their battery usage. The solar powered battery juices computers installed on the bike. A resistive touchscreen will demonstrates city information. Park the bike on any station across the city and communicate with others while riding. The Bicyclus system, consisting of 8000 cycles, will not spew out toxic emissions and has been designed by Stefano Marchetto.

World’s largest bike-share system in China

This is one of the largest bike sharing systems in the world. It is located in the Chinese city of Hangzhou and started off in 2008. It holds more than 50000 bikes across the 2050 stations. Each station is at a distance of about thousand feet from the other. People make roughly 240000 trips daily using these bikes.

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