Bloomington leaders doubtful on bike sharing
Bike-sharing programs have gained some attention with the spike in gasoline prices to more than $4 a gallon, but it seems the hometown of Indiana University's Little 500 bicycle race might not be built for the idea.
Bloomington bicycle and pedestrian coordinator Vince Caristo says bike-sharing programs generally work better in big cities that have much greater population density. Caristo tells The Herald-Times that such programs haven't been successful in similar small cities.
Under a new program in New York, people can unlock a bike from docking stations around the city and return it to any other rack.
IU sustainability director Bill Brown says the university considered a bike sharing system, but faced $75,000 in costs including buying the bikes and cellphone plans used to track them.
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