Target: Governor of Santiago, Claudio Orrego
Goal: Applaud the governor of Santiago for implementing a comprehensive bikeshare program to reduce pollution
In the Chilean city of Santiago, more than 2,000 bikes will be available to the public starting in downtown Santiago and Providencia. The arrival of the city-wide bike hire system coincides with the recent increase of environmental alerts.
In winter 2014, Santiago experienced a smog emergency as the cold air trapped the pollution in the city, leading to many health problems. In fact, the Metropolitan Regional Governor Claudio Orrego actually urged soccer fans not to have traditional barbecues that often accompany screenings of the World Cup games in order to prevent worsening the problem. Thus far, Santiago has experienced four days of environmental alert.
For this reason, the implantation of the city-wide bike hire scheme will propose an alternative option to driving cars. Although there will only be 2,100 bikes made available by the end of 2014 in the most popular parts of the city, by the end of 2015 the system will reach all eleven districts. The bikes will be available to rent casually, weekly, monthly and annually. The Governor’s office promised that rental fees will not exceed 5,600 pesos ($10). In addition, the first 30 minutes are complimentary.
To complement the bike hire program, Governor Orrego looks to expand the system of bike lanes as well. Specifically, the local government looks to rehabilitate the Mapocho River that runs through the city through the creation of bike lanes along the riverbanks. As a result, these projects will help reduce smog and allow greater public access to all eleven districts of the city. Thank the Metropolitan Regional Governor of Santiago for continuing to develop Chile’s largest and most populous city with innovative and eco-friendly solutions.
Dear Metropolitan Regional Governor of Santiago Claudio Orrego,
Recently, Santiago has experienced extreme levels of smog, which is both an environmental and health concern. Although the regional landscape is partly to blame, the popularity of motor vehicles is equally at fault. However, your office’s newly implemented bike hire program presents an innovative solution to this environmental problem.
Thank you for the creation of a comprehensive city-wide bike hire program that will introduce 2,100 bikes by the end of this year, and will be made available to all eleven districts by the end of 2015. In addition, the construction of cycle lanes throughout the city and along the Mapocho River will further promote the use of bikes and dissuade many from using their motor vehicles.
You have proven that Santiago continues to develop and remain inventive. I support your new bike hire program and look forward to similar programs in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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