|Σύντομη Ιστορική Αναδρομή|
Τα προγράμματα κοινόχρηστων ποδηλάτων έχουν μία ιστορία περίπου 45 ετών, η οποία χωρίζεται σε τέσσερις «γενιές»:
(Πηγή: Paul DeMaio: «Bike-sharing: History, Impacts, Models of Provision, and Future», Journal of Public Transportation, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2009)
"What do you call a cyclist who doesn't wear a helmet? An organ donor."
"All creatures who have ever walked have wished that they might fly. With highwheelers a flesh and blood man can hitch wings to his feet."
"Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world."
"Things look different from the seat of a bike carrying a sleeping bag with a cold beer tucked inside."
"The secret to mountain biking is pretty simple. The slower you go the more likely it is you'll crash."
"You never have the wind with you - either it is against you or you're having a good day."
"The sound of a car door opening in front of you is similar to the sound of a gun being cocked."
"Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia."
"If we all, mountain bikers, cyclists, multinational companies, Jo Public, respected the land like old civilizations we wouldn't get so many punctures. Earth's revenge."
"Messengers and mountain bikers share a common chromosome."
"The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them to ride bicycles. A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom. The realization that this is what the child will always need can hit hard."
"Cycling is unique. No other sport lets you go like that - where there's only the bike left to hold you up. If you ran as hard, you'd fall over. Your legs wouldn't support you."
"Until mountain biking came along, the bike scene was ruled by a small elite cadre of people who seemed allergic to enthusiasm."
"Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling."
"The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community."
"The bicycle will accomplish more for women's sensible dress than all the reform movements that have ever been waged."
"A bicycle does get you there and more... And there is always the thin edge of danger to keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. And getting there is all the fun."
"For instance, the bicycle is the most efficient machine ever created: Converting calories into gas, a bicycle gets the equivalent of three thousand miles per gallon."
"The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
"Why should anyone steal a watch when he could steal a bicycle?"
"Tens of thousands who could never afford to own, feed and stable a horse, had by this bright invention enjoyed the swiftness of motion which is perhaps the most fascinating feature of material life."
"It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the perfection of the bicycle was the greatest incident of the nineteenth century"
"The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine."
"The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets."
«Τα τρία μεγαλύτερα Συστήματα Κοινόχρηστων Ποδηλάτων στην Ευρώπη χρησιμοποιούνται για διαδρομές ισοδύναμες με τον γύρο της Γης δέκα φορές κάθε ημέρα»
"Η ζωή είναι σαν να οδηγείς ποδήλατο. Για να ισορροπείς, πρέπει να κινείσαι."
"Κάθε φορά που βλέπω έναν ενήλικα σε ποδήλατο, δεν αισθάνομαι πια απόγνωση για το ανθρώπινο γένος"
"Η ποίησις είναι ανάπτυξι στίλβοντος ποδηλάτου… η εκδρομή αυτή δεν έχει τέλος"
"Υπάρχουν δύο τύποι δημάρχων στον κόσμο: αυτοί που έχουν κοινόχρηστα ποδήλατα και αυτοί που θέλουν κοινόχρηστα ποδήλατα"
"Τίποτε δεν συγκρίνεται με την απλή απόλαυση μιάς βόλτας με ποδήλατο"