Bike Rio, Social Bicycle Rentals

By Michael DeLeo, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Recently, the Cidade Maravilhosa reintroduced its new-and-improved SAMBA (Alternative Mobility Solution Through Bike Renting) bicycle rental system.  The program is composed of approximately sixty stations containing 600 bikes that are mainly distributed throughout Ipanema, Leblon, Lagoa, Botanical Garden, Gavia, Botafogo, Urca, Flamengo and Centro.

Each of these bikes can be rented for the day for R$5, or the month for R$10, by anyone with a credit card and a cell phone with a R$300 deposit.  The

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