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  •  If somebody can make money doing it, I'm for it (0+ / 0-)

    Government shouldn't stand in the way of somebody providing such a service.

    But I don't see why it has to be subsidized.

    •  All other transportation is heavily subsidized (0+ / 0-)

      at least, all of the ones that use oil.

      The subsidies for this program are extremely small, to the extent they even exist.  The city would give up some public space for the kiosks, and the billboards may (or may not) be sold at below-market rate.

      But remember in Europe, this is being run by a for-profit company (JC Decaux), which is making quite a bit of money.

      But even if it weren't, paying small subsidies for bikes is a good way to reduce our heavy subsidies for oil.

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