A new bike-sharing program, B-Cycle, will launch in Denver, Colorado, managed by the newly formed nonprofit Denver Bike Sharing.
Remember our discussion about Spimes, a technological infrastructure (proposed by Bruce Sterling) that would give each object a memory and a connection to other objects?
Well, each of the 500 B-Cycles that will be placed at 50 B-stations throughout the city is another step towards Sterling's shareable vision:
B-cycle relies on the integration of hardware and software to keep track of members and bikes, and all the interactions between users and bikes. Proprietary GPS (global positioning system) and RFID (radio frequency identification) technologies make it possible for bike sharing to be so smart that it is simple for users. All rides are tracked by the system and associated with members.
Moreover, each bicycle tracks mileage, calories burned, and amount of carbon offset–and each user is able to montior their own fitness and see their contributions to the city's sustainability on the B-Cycle website. The site also includes a "Who Wants It More" tracking map, which will reveal patterns of demand throughout the country. Here's a little video about B-Cycle and the reasons why bikesharing is a good idea:
Thanks to Creativity Online.