From the MPP Downtown Journal:
Bike-sharing programs have taken off overseas, but they haven’t caught on in the States yet. Parisians have a fleet of 20,600 bicycles to share. In Barcelona, 3,000 bikes are each taken out 10 times per day, prompting the city to double the size of its program. In German cities, riders make a phone call to unlock the bikes they share.
The mayor of Minneapolis is looking to join those cities’ ranks and embrace our rising status as a bike-commuting town by dropping 1,000 bicycles into Downtown, Uptown and the University of Minnesota campus next spring.