As of June 2014, public bikesharing systems are available on five continents, 712 cities, and operate approximately 806,200 bicycles at 37,500 stations. They offer affordable access to bicycles for short-distance trips in an urban area as an alternative to motorised public transport or private vehicles, thereby reducing traffic congestion, noise, and air pollution. They also enable users to exercise while going to their destinations, thus offering health benefits. Since the mid 2000's, access to information systems (such as electronic payment at docking stations, and web/mobile apps providing location and availability information) have propelled an increase in adoption of bicycle sharing systems.
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