Public bicycle hire schemes are the current international trend. Denver opened a new 500 bicycle share scheme in Denver on 22 April as reported in Transit Miami. The Company rolling out the scheme is B-Cycle, a partnership between Trek bicycles and Humana.
The B-cycle bikes are fitted with computers that track mileage and interpret this for the rider in terms of calories burned and carbon offsets earned. This info is downloaded when the bicycle is docked and registered users can access the information on-line to track their personal fitness.
The article in Transit Miami reports that Broward County in Florida recently approved B-cycle as the preferred supplier to deliver 200 bicycles at 18 stations in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood Beach, and Pompano Beach. Here is an artists impression of one of the bike stations .