Philip Langdon explores what 2 other cities are doing to discourage automobile traffic and enhance humane conditions via bike-sharing.

When I rode with Sebastian, he noted a young woman in a dress who looked perfectly comfortable pedaling calmly through downtown. In the past, Sebastian observed, biking was largely the province of risk-taking males. Now, with bike-sharing and more civilized streets, biking is expanding its appeal, attracting the risk-averse. As these changes take hold, the urban environment should become better for everyone.

New Urban News, “Sharing Bikes, Taming Streets” August 5, 2011

http://newurbannetwork.com/article/%E2%80%98sharing%E2%80%99-bikes-taming-streets-15045