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Quality public transport systems allow for private bicycle use, by providing storage facilities at rail and bus stations and dedicated road lanes for cyclists. In addition, and increasingly, bicycle sharing systems are part of the public transport mix.
Following the example set by schemes developed by community groups, many city governments have invested in systems, often with private sponsorship or other forms of public-private partnership.
They provide free or low cost access to bicycles for short-distance trips and are seen by many urban transport planners as a way of providing the ‘last mile’ of journeys beyond rail and bus services. However, they can also be alternatives to rail or bus services, helping to reduce congestion on them.
The schemes also help to overcome some of the disadvantages of bicycle ownership, such as vulnerability to theft and problems of storage and parking in urban areas. It has been estimated that as at 2011, there were around 300 such schemes operating worldwide.

Online resources
Bikesharing in Europe, the Americas, and Asia: Past, Present, and Future