Bike Programs Across the World

Bike Programs Across the World

Doctors in Boston are prescribing prescriptions for a one-year membership to Hubway, their bike-sharing program, for $5. This program is called Prescribe-a-Bike. The usual price of the one-year membership is $85. This is an exciting new strategy that could have huge effects on the obesity epidemic faced by urban areas throughout the U.S.

Also, bike elevators are popping up in European cities to help bikers climb steep hills that they need to climb, especially for commuting. This can help encourage timid bikers or those nervous about certain elements of biking, such as the topography of city streets, that are barrier for using bikes for commuting and transportation.

Would these programs work in our area? What other ways can we encourage more people to using biking for health reasons, commuting, or even just for recreation? Share your thoughts on how we can increase interest around biking in the Greater Washington, D.C. area.

Rebecca Hertz


Rebecca Hertz is the Assistant Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts in 2012. She completed her Master’s Degree from Clark University, as well, in Community Development and Planning in 2013. She is interested in how built environments impact the health and growth of communities. Prior to this role, she worked as a youth worker and mentor for several non-profit organizations in Maryland and Massachusetts. She grew up in Rockville, MD and has recently moved back to the region.

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