01/07/2013 08:55 am ET Updated Mar 09, 2013

The Best Bike-Sharing Program In The United States

If you had been handed, a decade ago, a map of the U.S. and asked to predict where the novel idea of bike sharing--then limited to a few small-scale projects in a handful of European cities, might first find its firmest footing, you probably would have laid your money on a progressive hub like Portland or Seattle or the regional poles of walkable urbanism, New York or San Francisco--all of which were scoring higher, those days, in surveys like Bicycling magazine's list of most bikeable cities. But today, the nation's largest, most successful bike-share program--in terms of size, ridership, and financial viability--is in Washington, D.C. How did D.C. accomplish this unlikely task?

Read more on Slate