Not that it wasn’t bike-friendly already. But today the Boston Globe reports:
As early as this summer, residents and visitors taking quick trips in Boston will be able to rent bicycles from dozens of sidewalk kiosks, under an agreement expected to be signed today that will create a bike-sharing network inspired by those in Paris and Washington.
The setup will be a subscription service, “with memberships likely to range from about $5 a day to $85 a year.” At first this confused me, since I’d been under the impression that the Parisian Vélib’ system operated on a per-ride basis. I was wrong. According to omniscient Wikipedia, “in order to use the system, users need to take out a subscription, which allows the subscriber an unlimited number of rentals. Subscriptions can be purchased at €1 per day, €5/week or €29/year.”
Regardless of pricing structure, this is a hugely positive step for Boston, and I’m looking forward to test-driving the system this summer.