When you think of biking, you tend to think of progressive cities like New York, San Francisco and Chicago. Amusingly, when it comes to the bike share game, these expected leaders are trailing the pack to some unexpected trailblazers.
As New York, Chicago and San Francisco all prepare to launch their bike share programs, Houston, Texas already has an active bike share program with around 20 bike share stations installed, and the program has been around since last year. Other Southern and Midwestern cities like Nashville, Tennessee and Madison, Wisconsin also have already-running bike share programs.
This isn’t to say that the big progressive cities’ programs might not eventually eclipse those of the Southern and Midwestern cities in size, ridership or complexity. Instead, it’s a reminder that sometimes progress starts in unexpected places.