I'm all for getting people out of their cars, and onto their feet, using strength not motors to get around. Clean air! Smell the flowers not exhaust! Plus an ability to flex work and social schedules to fit public transportation is highly valued. (That said, I wish Big Blue Bus ran buses late so I never needed to get in a car at night!) My mom and her long time companion are in town, and we've been happily taking buses everywhere: Santa Monica, Venice, Getty Museum, Armand Hammer, Pacific Palisades...
But what of people who prefer biking in the city?
Earth Policy released a Bicycle Share Fact Sheet on May 14, 2014 that points to many cities worldwide embracing the shift to bike power. I question how safe riding bikes are in Los Angeles but for a round-up on bicycling and bike sharing cities, here's Earth Policy's report:
The prevalence of bicycles in a community is an indicator of our ability to provide affordable transportation, lower traffic congestion, reduce air pollution, increase mobility, and provide exercise to the world’s growing population.
Bike-sharing programs are one way to get cycles to the masses.
In early 2014, some 600 cities in 52 countries hosted advanced bike-sharing programs, with a combined fleet of more than 570,000 bicycles. Spain leads the world with 132 separate bike-share programs. Italy has 104, and Germany, 43.
The world’s largest bike-sharing program is in Wuhan, China’s sixth largest city, with 9 million people and 90,000 shared bikes. In 2013, China was home to 82 bike-sharing programs, with a whopping combined fleet of some 380,000 bicycles.