You've seen all those statistics on people driving less. There hasn't really been an umbrella term for the idea of people cutting back on car use, and relying on different kinds of transportation. Until now.
Well, we sure touched a nerve this week with our innocuous story on bike sharing coming to Columbus, Ohio. It seems Buckeyes don't think of their city as just a college town, and they gave me an earful on Twitter.
To the bike sharing programs in Paris, New York, Chicago and Chattanooga, add Detroit. But only if billionaire Dan Gilbert lets you use it.
People want to hate the French, but it's hard to top Paris for food, fashion and romance. It also can claim to be the most enthusiastic bike sharing city on the planet.
Bike sharing is like anything else on wheels. There are always some problems at the beginning. Things break down. The economics doesn't pan out the way you think. And people often don't have the good sense to wear a helmet.
When New York City authorities announced details of a new municipal bike-sharing program last year, New Yorkers cheered. "What a fun, cheap, and easy way to traverse this great city of ours," thought citizens, 30 percent of whom said they would be at least somewhat likely to use the bikes. "And wonderful for the…