Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Biking Via Bicing in Barcelona

While sightseeing on top of a double decker bus, one notices a myriad of interesting attractions. And while I oohed and aahed at the fabulous architecture, this sight did not escape my curiosity. So I took photos.
I noted the sign on the bikes - BICING - and googled it and learned what it's about. It is a community bicycle program in Barcelona (like the zipcar or share a car program in many world cities). Paris has a similar bike program as well. Bike "stations" are conveniently located near a metro station.

How to participate in this program? Sign up for a yearly membership. For more info, here's the website . If you don't have a translator, the wiki page is very helpful.

I applaud programs like this. I wish other cities will adopt this program (I don't know much about logistics in launching projects like this). I don't know if this venture is applicable to the city of San Franciso (too hilly), but I'm sure other cities can surely benefit from it.



15 comments:

Eki said...

This is a great program. We need to learn and do this where I live. It will help a lot to reduce traffic congestion.

Sidney said...

Yes...I love this system too... would be great in Manila...hmmm... maybe a bit too hot?

Ginnie said...

This is clearly a great idea, Maria, full of practicality! I agree...we all could benefit from such a program as we travel. Thanks for highlighting this idea. And I love your header photo!

Luke said...

I'm not sure I would buy a yearly subscription to a bike, but nice pics of them.

Standley said...

Lovely pictures Maria. We have the same program here in Nantes.

Srivats said...

thats fantastic the best way to save our planet from horrible gases

toni said...

So environment friendly! AND good for exercise too!

syel said...

good system, helpful to the environment and to the people involved due to exercise! :)

Pietro said...

Very nice photos, Maria!
I like a lot to see these brand-new red and white bikes! :-)

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I think this system should work well in the US particularly big cities where urbanites are getting reacquainted with biking. I've seen how people love to bike in SF and many New Yorkers are into it too now that there are special lanes for bikers.

bw said...

good to know that the city is conscious of reducing carbon emission through the use of bikes.

arabesque said...

traveling would be easier,n like eki, it's less pollution... tnx for posting, did check out the website.

Hilda said...

What do you think the chances are of a program like this in MM? Hahaha! Nanakawin at ibebenta lang mga 'yan. Haaay…

the donG said...

nice picks of shots. you captured it right!

Pearl Maple said...

It is great fun when other bloggers take us on tour to get the up close view of tourist sites, thanks for sharing with us it is such an intersting place to visit.