I'm starting to hear talk of bike share programs becoming a reality in the US. The whole idea is to have various checkout stations around a city, where you can swipe a credit card or pay by phone to rent a bike. You then return the bike at any other checkout station. It provides an economical means to travel from place to place around a city. It appears that NYC is testing a bike-share program, I haven't read about any other such programs in the US. I think you would need a fairly large city or a very progressive city, where few people own or drive cars, to make such a program work. It will be interesting to see how the test works in NYC.
Speaking of NYC, I saw an announcement for the upcoming PARK(ing) day on September 21st. This is a one-day, global event started in San Francisco where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform parking spots into a "PARK(ing) space", a.k.a a temporary park. This is certainly an interesting idea, I just wonder how many motorists it really annoys. I guess motorist can't complain too loudly, as long as they abide by the parking meter rules. As most meters I've ever parked at have a two hour maximum stay, some of these people sure put in a lot of work. I wonder if they start feeding the meter upon arrival or when they are finished setting up?