Bike Sharing - It's the Only Way to Travel

By Natalie Grant, USA, June 2011

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Ride, Dock, Repeat.

It’s no secret that bicycling is not only a much more environmentally friendly way to see a city, but also healthier, cheaper, more enjoyable, and – in some cases – much easier.

In March of 2011, DecoBike and the City of Miami Beach launched the U.S.’s first green city-wide public transit program: a multimillion dollar bike-share and rental opportunity for both residents and visitors. With 1000 customized bikes that can be powered at any of the over 100 solar-powered docking stations (see the map for stations near you, or download the iPhone App to have one on-the-go), you can pick up a bike, ride, and drop it off at the nearest dock with empty spaces – just keep it to 30 minute intervals and use is unlimited for the day.

No more taxis, no more gas prices eating up your wallet, and no more bus schedules to interrupt your plans. Go for a scenic cycle, take a dip in the sparkling waves, or go mingle with the other smart people enjoying the gorgeous weather while saving the planet and getting a mild workout!

1-day access is $14, 3-day access is $30; bikes must be returned to a dock every 30 minutes to avoid a $4 overcharge fee (monthly DecoBike BeachPass Membership for residents is $15). You can also rent a bike for a full hour ($5) or two hours ($10). Bikes are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Riders must be at least 18 years old and may not ride bikes outside Miami Beach (i.e., please do not ride into the Downtown Miami area). To understand more about how bike sharing works, see the DecoBike website for an explanation.

Although Florida law does not require adult bicyclists to wear a helmet, riders are strongly encouraged to do so for their own safety; helmets are not available at docking stations but can be purchased at the DecoStore on Washington Avenue in South Beach. DecoBike does not provide insurance. If you are in the area for business reasons, ask your employer to pay for your pass – the Federal Government will reimburse for it!

For more information on bike-friendly Miami, see the City of Miami Bicycle Initiatives or keep up to date with the Bike Days blog.

Photo by Tanami

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