A bicycle sharing system or bikeshare is a service in which bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals who do not own them.
- For users, bikeshares remove some of the primary disadvantages to owning a bike, including theft, lack of parking or storage, and maintenance.
- Usually implemented by governments to reduce traffic congestion, air and sound pollution, and revitalize public spaces, bikeshares have also been cited as a way to connect users to public transit networks.
- There were an estimated 200 bikeshares worldwide in 2010—see the Bikesharing Map.
Capital Bikeshare, Washington, D.C., USA
Bikes: 1,225 | Stations: 115+
Partners: Arlington, Virginia, (D.C.) District Department of Transportation, Alta Bikeshare
Vélib, Paris, France
Bikes: 24,000 | Stations: 1,800
Partners: City of Paris, SOMUPI (a joint venture of JCDecaux and Publicis)