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Pedal-Pushers: 1942

Pedal-Pushers: 1942

June 1942. Washington, D.C. "A bicycle rental shop on 22nd Street, near Virginia Avenue N.W., on Sunday." Acetate negative by Marjory Collins, Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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25 cents an hour, evenings and weekends seems logical to me.

Hey, that's my bike!

That dude in the doorway is more concerned about his bike being stolen than he is with the fine pairs of departing legs.


So it’s 15 cents an hour during the day, Monday to Friday, but 25 cents for the whole evening or, even better, the whole weekend? I’ll take the weekend, please.

The girls are wearing the same shoes, as girls are wont to do. They both look great, really strong, especially the one on the right. I’d vote for her for President.

Wonderful title, Dave!

Been there, done that

In August 2017, Dallas joined the inspired world of dockless bike-sharing. Sponsoring companies promised it would come at no cost to taxpayers. The app-controlled feature allowed bike-share companies to distribute their dockless fleets wherever they wanted. By February 2018, five bike share companies transformed Dallas from the largest American city without a bike-share system to the city with the largest fleet in North America. That's right, everything is bigger in Texas. At our peak we had 18,000 bicycles scattered all over our fair city. And I do mean scattered. By comparison, New York City had only 12,000 bicycles and weak sister Seattle only 10,000. D(allas) Magazine warned “Let’s not screw this up.”

But, we did screw it up. By August 2018, it was all over. And guess who had to pay to clean up the mess.

Price Is About the Same

The Bureau of Labor Statistics online inflation calculator says 15 cents in June 1942 is equivalent to $2.74 today and 25 cents is equivalent to $4.57. Capital Bikeshare's 2022 rates are more or less the same as the 1942 rental rates in real terms.

The more things change

Capital Bikeshare 2022. One hour for $4 (more than 26 times the 1942 rate), though you can get membership rates and passes.

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