Both New York and Chicago are in the process of introducing ambitious bike-sharing programs, putting a total of 15,000 bicycles on the streets in the coming months, available to anyone who needs them for short jaunts or longer trips around the city.
While it's certainly cool having bikes available for locals and visitors alike, increasing the number of bikes on the road makes for friendlier cities overall, says a recent editorial in The Christian Science Monitor. Among other things:
Cities that are more bikable (and also walkable) allow for more personal interactions and better social cohesion than the car culture embraced in the 20th century. Bikes bring a slower, more intimate pace of life that can infuse more vitality into a city...
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