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On the move: bike sharing programs

Allison Williams, Student Writer

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Across the country, government officials in cities and towns are trying to find ways to improve society, to make us more active and therefore, more productive. Today, millions of people rely on public transportation, and we may see a major change in those numbers soon enough. Biking systems are being planted in cities and towns nationwide- and I’m here to tell you the details.

Back in May 2013, the New York Times posted an article about a bike share program launching in New York City. The article was called “Out for a first Spin: City’s Bike Share Program Begins.” This concept certainly began to strike the attention of many citizens within the area, making this a worldwide phenomenon.

However, the program comes with a few faults. One for sure is the charge for the yearly pass- with a price tag of nearly $100.00. This can certainly be a deciding factor for those who are not yet financially stable. On the other hand, this may be a more cost efficient way of traveling compared to highly used subway and busing systems within the city.

Another factor is safety in the neighborhood. New York is not exactly known for their premier safety. That plays into the welfare of the city of Nanticoke. Would young, active individuals be safe riding to school, work, and wherever their whereabouts may be? That quarrel is certainly up for question.  

A bike sharing program in Nanticoke would have major benefits for the community. This encourages an eco friendly and healthy way of transportation. It encourages people of all ages to take a stand for their community and help build a better Earth. With a way to make this project more cost friendly, this can thrive in our very streets.

After all, exercise is something that we as individuals have to take a more active role in. Whether its taking the dog for a walk or joining the new yoga class at the gym, getting active and staying that way is a great way to feel good about yourself.    

Information:

https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/06/would-you-want-a-bike-share-program-for-your-community/

 

Image:

https://www.ocregister.com/2011/09/14/is-oc-ready-for-a-bike-sharing-program/

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