Seeing Bike-Share as an Alternative to Streetcars

A lot of cities want to expand their transit service but don’t have the money to dig an entire subway system (or even to extend one that already exists). Usually these places will instead consider enhancing bus service (often through bus-rapid transit) or, perhaps, building an above-ground rail system (lately streetcars have been the rage). During a discussion about the future of urban mobility at CityLab, Chicago transportation chief Gabe Klein suggested another option: bike-share.
“There’s this argument about streetcar versus BRT, and what should primary cities, secondary cities sort of look at,” said Klein. “I think, first of all, you shouldn’t count out bike-share as mass transit.”