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Hop on hop off public bicycles are a great way to get around town

September 30th, 2011 No Comments

Bicycles are the quickest and cheapest way to get from A to B, but what happens when you get to B and then want to take a cab home?  The new public bicycle systems in major cities have the answer!

On my recent trips to London and Mexico city, I’ve hired/rented a bike to explore and then parked it at a different station when I’m done.  This could be annoying, but there are stations EVERYWHERE.  You simply pay an access fee and then an hourly rate for how long you use it (parking in a station doesn’t count on your time).  At the end of the day, your total is equal to one short cab ride and less than a subway or bus pass.  Plus, the bikes allow you to actually see the city.

The bikes in London have private Barclay’s funding obviously, but I don’t remember the bikes in Mexico labeled with branding.  I believe this is the city’s effort to make public transport cheaper and eco-friendly.

Pretty cool idea.  I don’t think I would survive on a bike in New York, but the system would be great in LA, possibly San Fran, and certainly Miami.

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