Bike share programs have revolutionized transportation in some of the country's largest cities, like Washington D.C., Minneapolis, Miami Beach and Boston. For a daily or annual fee (usually around $7 or $75 respectively), users can check out a bike for about 30 minutes at a stand-alone kiosk, ride it around the city, and then check it in at any other kiosk in the system with no extra charge. The idea has been popular overseas since 2007 and there are now massive programs in cities like Paris (16,000 bikes), London (8,000), and Hangzhou, China (65,000). New York launched it's own 10,000-bike version, Citi Bike, earlier this year. Many other cities (like Portland, Seattle, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles) have programs in the works.
Electric cars are finally starting to gain some traction and become reasonably affordable. The Tesla Model S, subject to some recent bickering, has a range of about 275 miles on a single charge and a starting price tag around $50,000. The Chevy Volt, an electric hybrid vehicle, has a range of about ...
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