Bicycle Sharing for the 21st Century: B-cycle is Coming

Earth Day 2010 was good to folks looking for eco- and-budget-friendly lifestyle changes. We already told you about a youth initiative that started last Thursday, and now, here's another great green idea that could find its way to you.

The B-cycle touts a magic bike that's "there when you need it and gone when you don't." It's the nation's first large-scale bike sharing system and, quite frankly, we love this idea. But it's not everywhere…yet.

Don't have room for a bike at home? B-cycle can fix that.

This looks like a very well-planned program that we would totally take advantage of if it makes it to our city. (I'm proud to say my city, Austin, is #1 on the "Who Wants It" list!)

It goes like this: you can check bikes in or out from B-stations around the city and return them to any station. There's a membership fee and a charge for rides over 30 minutes, but we think this is a great solution for inner-city trips. And they've thought of everything from adjustable seats to skirt and chain guards to a big basket on the front for toting your bag.

At the moment, the B-cycle bike sharing program is only in Denver, but you can vote for your city to be next! Check out their site for more details.

(Image: B-cycle)