This Friday, May 18, is National Bike to Work Day. In the spirit of the holiday, I decided it would be a good idea to ride my bike to a Verizon store near me. However, this posed a bit of a problem. I do not own a bike. But after a quick Google search, I realized that not owning a bike is no excuse. There’s plenty of bike sharing apps allowing you to rent a bike straight from your smartphone.
Here’s a few bike sharing apps for you to try:
ofo is a station-free bike sharing app. After downloading and joining the app, you’re able to locate nearby bikes, unlock them within the app, and park them anywhere (as long as it’s legal and safe) when you’re done. The best news? It’s super cheap. Rides cost $1/hour. Currently, ofo is available in 25 cities around the US, but they plan to add 100 more by the end of this year.
Zagster is the US market leader in bike sharing with programs in 35 states. Once you download and join the app, use the app to locate nearby bike stations and unlock them within the app. When you’re done, end your rental and lock it up.
Spinlister is a person-to-person bike sharing app. It’s kind of like Airbnb for your bike; owners list their bike on the app. Once you’ve located a bike to rent near you, message the owner and request the dates you’d like to have it for. Then, you can book and pay within the app.
This is also a great service for people that have an extra bike they may not use a lot –you can make up to $500 a month renting on Spinlister.
Biking to work has a wealth of benefits, not just for you, but for your city, and the environment as well.
First of all, biking to work is multitasking. In a world focused more and more on efficiency, biking to work is the ultimate mode of transportation; you’re commuting, but you’re also working out at the same time.
Commuting via bike will save you hundreds of dollars each year in fuel alone. Plus, owning a bike and keeping up with maintenance is vastly cheaper than everything that comes with owning a car.
You choosing to bike to work means one less car is on the road during peak rush hour times This helps alleviate traffic jams and minimizes the burning of fossil fuels. While everyone is stuck sitting in their cars in traffic, you can zoom by on your bike and wave.
If you didn’t bike to work this morning, you can always peddle to a TCC Verizon store near you.
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