In response to Optimistic:
I love the concept of bike-sharing. As a tourist, it’s an affordable and “green” way to sightsee, while also getting in a little physical activity.
In Taipei last August, I saw these bike rentals outside the hotel, and immediately thought to rent one and ride down to the Daan Forest Park. In the end, I decided against it since I had 1 hour before having to check out of the Chaiin Hotel in Dongmen. Also, the instructions were in Chinese and it was a stifling 90 degrees. Excuses, excuses, I know, but I really was pressed for time.
One of the things I’d like to do when I go back to Seoul is to rent a bike and ride along the Han River. Other bloggers have mentioned how beautiful the views are so it’s definitely on my list of Seoul To-Do’s.
Our local university here in Hilo recently implemented a bike share program for students. Abandoned bikes on campus were given makeovers, with new seats, tires, and fresh coats of paint. Now students can borrow these bikes for free to run errands around town, which is a blessing for students who don’t have cars.
These bike rental systems inspire me to begin biking, not just as a form of exercise, but as a way to commute. In this day and age, of sedentarism and excess, returning to the simplicity of traveling by bike gives me hope for a future where we c0mmune with nature, feeling her wind in our hair and sun on our backs as we familiarize ourselves with dips and turns of landscapes we thought we knew.