Motivate a company that creates bicycle sharing programs, announced that NYC will receive new improved bicycles for sharing. A number of 2400 new bicycles are going to be added to the program.
On Sunday the Motivate company has announced it will redesign over 1000 bikes making them more comfortable and easier to drive. The company will make changes and rotate the bike’s this summer.
Plans for New York expansion include a number of 1400 new bikes, that will be distributed in the new areas, where the company expanded. The new bikes will serve for the areas of Queens and Brooklyn.
The new bikes have been designed by Olympic racing bike designer Ben Serrota . The improved models will receive upgrades such as a new gear stick, and will have a kick stand with 2 prongs instead of one such as many of the bikes from sharing programs in Europe.
Europeans see bicycle sharing as a cultural activity, and they are included many times in municipal leisure programs.
The bicycle lobby is very strong in Europe with many miles of new bicycle lanes being build every year.
While Asia and Africa have more daily bicycle users per capita, the difference is they use them for economic reasons. In very developed nations bicycle use is mainly promoted for its health and environment benefits.
Scandinavians for example, are seen bicycling even in the middle of winter and have even developed many types of bicycles with covered areas around the seat. Sometimes they have an extra space in front of the bike for carrying children.
Biking is serious business around the world, in Africa and a large part of Asia they are used for the transportation of good and equipment. They also serve millions of people living in remote areas were civil transportation is not available.
Economies rely on steps in development, and while this might sound strange, the first basics of transportation are shoes , bike and then mass transit.
There are hundreds of NGOs handling bicycle delivery to people in need, in some cases farmers can double or even triple their profits by simply adding a trailer to the end of the bike and transporting their goods to markets further from their location instead of selling them at a low price locally.
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