The growth of bike share programs is gaining momentum in the US. But this growth is absolutely dwarfed by the explosion of bike share programs in China over the last couple of years. The country now has more than 400,000 bike share bikes in operation across dozens of cities with programs, with the vast majority installed since 2012. To put this in perspective, there are an estimated 822,00 bikes in operation around the world — so China has more bikes than all other countries combined. The individual country with the next-highest number of bikes, France, has just 45,000.
"Visiting South Boston the other day, where I once lived, I noticed a gleaming new bistro called Local 149, billed as ‘a neighborhood joint in the Citypoint section … a location with historic roots, distinctive character, and heart and soul.’ The number refers to the street address, but it’s clearly also a play on the dominant union presence in this part of town. The Ironworkers Local 7 headquarters is a few blocks away. I’m just not sure anybody in a hardhat is coming in to order the flash-seared yellowtail Hamachi."- When Neighborhood Re-Branding Celebrates What’s Disappearing (via thisiscitylab)