08 Sep '11, 6pm

great bike share success story (yay for microloans too)

great bike share success story (yay for microloans too)

“In Albania they have this wonderful social sense,” Schweidenback says. “They really wanted a bike-sharing scheme so people could enjoy their beautiful capital city. But bike-sharing schemes usually fail because of the ongoing problem of maintaining the bikes in working order.” By selling part of the initial consignment of 500 bikes from the U.S. and charging a nominal fee to hire the share-bikes, the Tiranese have made bike-sharing into a small business that can employ local mechanics to repair the wear-and-tear on the 40 shared machines in a country where few have ever experienced the joys and freedom of cycling. In so doing, their Ecovolis (Albanian for “ecobike”) scheme may have achieved something that has eluded many of the world’s most sophisticated cities – how to keep their share-bikes on the road. The project has attracted local and international business sponsors...

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