Miami Beach might be famous for its flash cars and yellow Ferraris.Â But residents and tourists have been discovering some lean and green ways of getting around South Beach.
Bright, lurid and acid green, Deco Bikes have been popping up at stations all around Miami Beach since March 2011.Â Deco Bikes
is a cycle rental scheme operated by a private company that shares its profits with the City.Â Bikes are docked at stations dotted around the city, with maps and smartphone apps available to help users find their nearest Deco Bike.Â Tourist tariffs range from $5 per hour to $30 for a 3-day pass.Â Residents can subscribe to use the bikes for $15 per month.
Municipal bike rental schemes have been growing in popularity across North America and Europe.Â The largest and longest established scheme is in Paris, where there are over 45,000 bikes.Â Londonâ€™s scheme has been running successfully for about a year and has over 6,000 bikes.Â Londoners have taken the bicycles to their hearts, nicknaming them â€œBoris Bikesâ€, after the cityâ€™s eccentric Mayor.
The Deco Bike scheme is small in comparison, with just 200 bikes initially.Â Â However, with Miamiâ€™s fabulous climate, fitness culture and flat topography, people will definitely want to spin some green wheels of steel!
While we are on the subject of Eco-friendly ways of getting around Miami Beach, how about grabbing a free ride around town?
Thatâ€™s right; Swoop Miami
will pick you up and take you where you want to go in South Beach for free.Â Just tip the driver.Â The cost of the vehicle is covered by advertising.Â Swoop is green too, as itâ€™s a shared ride service and all its vehicles are electric.
The drivers like to attract attention with vibrant music and cheerful shouts of â€œSwoop Swoopâ€ to passers-by.Â So one thingâ€™s for sure, youâ€™ll arrive at your destination in some style - the perfect way to start a night out in the fun and glamour of South Beach!
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