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[GreenYes] RE: [Greenyes] recycled plastic bycicles

You may be interested in finding out a bit more about the Portland, Oregon
"yellow bike" project, because I think it is similar to the concept you are
describing.  In Portland, there have been two attempts to provide free
bicycles that people could use for transportation around the city.  People
would donate old bikes to the program, and the bikes would be fixed up,
painted yellow, and put out on the street for anyone to use.  The idea was
that people would use the yellow bicycles to get to where they want to go,
and then leave the bike for others to use.  The bikes were not fancy bikes -
they were fixed up with just a few gears and were just good for getting
around town.

Unfortunately, the project seems to have failed.  I am not sure how many
yellow bikes made it out on the street, but they all seem to be gone now.
If you want, I could probably find out from others who was behind the
project and have them get in touch with you with more information.

Peter Spendelow
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 23:52:00 +0100
From: <>
Subject: Re: [GreenYes] recycled plastic bycicles

Ok, everybody is talking about this, so I'll try to explain myself a
little bit better:

I have a discipline that is called "Industrial Ecology" and my professor
gave me a project that counts about 80% of my grade, for installing a
company here in Portugal to implant a network of free bicycles, made out
of recycled plastic, for the people of Lisbon to use, freeing the city of
it's car problem .....

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