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This is going to sound like a stupid question, but will they have bikes in various sizes?

I'm 5'1". One of my exes was 6'8". Obviously, we'd need different size bikes.

And if you just chain the call-a-bike up anywhere, will you get in trouble for it? Will the cops cut the line and tow it? This city isn't exactly bicycle parking friendly.

And there is a major difference between Paris and DC. From what I remember of Paris from when I was there 2 summers ago, it was mainly flat. DC is on a long hill that goes down to the Potomac. This makes biking in some places not the optimal method of transportation.

All in all, I'm excited about this. I'd love to see them also put this in at the Metro stations, esp. the ones a little further out than downtown.

I think the bikes will be the same size, but the seats can be adjusted (and maybe the handlebars).

One would hope the police will be informed not to remove call-a-bikes or cut the cable - especially since they can be unlocked with a code.

DC is not as flat as other places, true, but Seattle, Portland and San Francisco have many cyclists and those areas are pretty hilly.

Besides, the area south of the Florida Escarpment (basically south of Florida Avenue) is pretty flat.

Vélib has adjustable seats that do not go quite high enough for me (at 6'2").

Paris has plenty of hills, by the way: Montmartre (note the Mont), Les Buttes-Chaumont, La Butte aux Cailles, etc.

San Francisco's new contract for bus shelters includes a provision that they include bike sharing. They will also have solar panels to run the NextBus readouts. SF, though, has a citywide network of bike racks. If there is a commercial district, or a commercial building in a residential district, it almost always has a bike rack. Especially if it's been remodeled in the last few years. The dearth of bike racks in DC is startling. For all our strange mandates, it would seem the easiest and perhaps the most transportation and environmentally friendly one would be to add bike racks.

Now, if we would just stop the riding on the sidewalk nonsense the city would be completely bike friendly. And value bikes as an appropriate replacement for automobiles. Not as something akin to pedestrians.

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