Friday, June 28, 2013

A Bike-share Wish Might Come True

Mayor Serge Godard awards the first membership to Patricia
Sometimes it is the little stories about bike-sharing that really demonstrates how transformational and important it is in peoples lives.  Since New York City began Citi Bike at the end of May and Chicago's roll out Divvy today, there has been one bike-share program starting almost every two days throughout the world. The one that caught my attention, happened yesterday in Clermont-Ferrand, a small city of 150,000 people near the center of France.

C.vélo, System: Smoove Box
The very first person to become a member of the city's new bike-share program, C.vélo, was an unassuming woman named Patricia. Since she moved to Clermont-Ferrand, she has waited patiently hoping for bike-share to begin there. She knew it would make her life easier. How did she know? She was the very first subscriber to Vélib' in 2007 according to the Vélib' customer service center in Paris! 

Take heart all of you around the world. If you are patient and wish hard enough bike-sharing will make it to your city or town!

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image: France 3Cyber Bougnat

Russell Meddin    

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