Back to the “Ottawa rent-a-bike plan”

I absolutely love it when this happens.

News today:

“Ottawa, Gatineau consider Paris bike-sharing system”

NCC takes part in plan to provide alternative to cars

OTTAWA-The National Capital Commission and the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau are considering a public shared bicycle network similar to systems used in Paris and other cities to encourage commuters to leave their cars at home.

One of my first posts last year:

“Quick solution for Ottawa: get a rent-a-bike system.”

I think Ottawa would be a fine candidate for something like this. Let’s try and make public transit, whether buses, light rail or bikes, useful for people. Oftentimes people don’t want to ride a bike somewhere because they then have to think about where to store it while they go do something. This solves that issue and it also just makes the non-bikers like me more open to at least trying it out. I won’t spend $9/hour to go biking and I won’t spend a couple hundred on a bike when I might not stay here.

Not to pat myself on the back too much (let’s see if they actually do it), but this is just one of those moments of joy 😉

Interested to see what they do with them in the winter if this plan goes through too.

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