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Travel Tip: Bike Share Programs in the U.S.

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Bike sharing programs are no longer just a European phenomenon. They’re popping up in cities around the United States.

In Denver, B-Cycle has 500 bikes you can rent from 50 stations. Just pick up or drop off a bike at the convention center, the Denver Art Museum, the 16th Street mall, the Denver Zoo or the botanic gardens.

Nice Ride Minnesota has 95 pick-up and drop-off locations in Minneapolis. You must leave a $50 deposit, pay a $5 subscription fee and pay additional trip fees for all rides over a half an hour.

Capital Bikeshare has a 110 stations across Washington, D.C. and Arlington, VA. Watch out for late fees in D.C. If your bike comes back over thirty minutes late, you will incur a fine that keeps growing.

Bring your smart phone. Capital Bikeshare and Nice Ride Minnesota use the Spotcycle app that helps users keep track of rental times, find bike lanes and locate return stations.

And if you’re in Boston, cycle smart with HelmutHub, a new bike helmet vending machine designed MIT students that will be set up near the bike share by the Boston Public Library.

For more cycling adventures, visit our Biking archives.

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