“We provide a turnkey program,” said Martina Schmidt, bike-sharing director of Clear Channel Outdoors, which now runs programs in 13 European cities and recently started its first American program, the one in Washington. “We give the city what they’re looking for, and they give us space to sell.”
along with the good news:
"Officials in Lyon, one of the first cities to institute a large technology-driven bike program, estimate that bike-sharing has eliminated tons of pollutants since its inception in 2005. But more than that, they say, it has changed the face of the city.
“The critical mass of bikes on the road has pacified traffic,” said Gilles Vesco, vice mayor in charge of the program in Lyon. “Now, the street belongs to everybody and needs to be better shared. It has become a more convivial public space.”
*Clear Channel is a frightening media, radio and advertising monopoly. Here are a few highlights from their sordid past:
Following September 11, 2001, Clear Channel radio stations circulated a list of songs that were deemed inappropriate for broadcast. The list included not only songs about planes and fires and falling, but songs that Clear Channel found politically or ethically objectionable, including all music by Rage against the Machine.
In 2004 Clear Channel rejected a billboard for Times square reading "Democracy is best taught by example, not by war."
Following the absurd reaction to the exposure of part of Janet Jackson's breast during 2004 Super Bowl - Clear Channel launched a "self-policing" effort, and declared that there would be no "indecent" material allowed on the air.