A recent article published by the Earth Policy Institute highlights cities with the largest bike-sharing (or bicycle-sharing) programs in the world. Janet Larsen from the Earth Policy Institute notes that over 500 cities in 51 countries have bike-sharing programs that offer short-term bike rentals. Bike-sharing is ideal for short trips, where users can pick up a bike (or bicycle) at a self-service bike station and return it to any bike station located within the system.
The article indicates that the world’s two largest bike-sharing programs are in China, with the City of Wuhan, and the City of Hangzhou, reportedly having about 90,000 and 69,750 shared bikes, respectively. Vélib’, Paris’ bike-sharing program, is the third largest program in the world. Launched in 2007, Vélib’ has nearly 24,000 bikes, spread across a network of 1800 bike stations in Paris. New York City’s bike-sharing program, largest in the United States, ranks 17th among the world’s largest programs, having about 6,000 bikes available at 332 stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The infographic below shows the ranking of the world’s 21 largest bike-sharing programs.