Is there a bikeshare scheme in your city?

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    Aug 21, 2012 9:33 AM GMT

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    Melbourne's Bike Share system has got off to shaky start mainly due to a limited amount of bikes ( around 600, Montreal with the same population has 5,000) and Australia's mandatory helmet laws.

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    The weather's improving and it's great to see that the scheme is starting to pick up.

    It's $2.60 a day to rent a bike. $5 for a helmet from a vending machine or a 7/11. $3 is refunded if you don't want to keep the helmet.

    http://www.melbournebikeshare.com.au

    Does your city have one?
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    Aug 21, 2012 10:05 AM GMT

    Oh dear.

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  • FireDoor211

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    Aug 21, 2012 10:57 AM GMT
    I am going to put this on the todo list of things we can do for the city here. Thanks for the idea!
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    Aug 21, 2012 11:21 AM GMT
    They just implemented this over the last year or so in Boston; it's called Hubway. Hugely popular, and they're opening up new "stations" all over the city. This follows Boston's designation of new bike lanes on most major streets. Really trying to make Boston a more bike-friendly city.

    Pricing is a bit different here, as you have to be a member in order to use the bikes. You can purchase daily or 3-day passes or an annual memberships. Once you do, you can use the bike for 30 minutes at a time at no additional charge. And as long as you return the bike to another Hubway station within the 30-minute period, you can use it again and again as long as your pass or membership is valid. So they're perfect for doing errands or commuting to work, as several of my friends do.
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    Aug 21, 2012 11:33 AM GMT
    30 minutes eh? That's such a short amount of time. How do they enforce this?
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    Aug 21, 2012 11:35 AM GMT
    We have a program like this in Charlotte, with 20 stations. It just started this month and I see people using it. It's a great program.

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    Aug 21, 2012 11:36 AM GMT
    BornJuly4th said

    Pricing is a bit different here, as you have to be a member in order to use the bikes. You can purchase daily or 3-day passes or an annual memberships. Once you do, you can use the bike for 30 minutes at a time at no additional charge. And as long as you return the bike to another Hubway station within the 30-minute period, you can use it again and again as long as your pass or membership is valid. So they're perfect for doing errands or commuting to work, as several of my friends do.


    The 30 minute free rule is the same in Melbourne too!

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  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Aug 21, 2012 11:58 AM GMT
    Yes we have just started Bcycle in Kansas City. There are only a handful of stations in the oldest parts of town for now but two are near my office.
    http://kansascity.bcycle.com/

    These bike share locations when in the same time an artist was commissioned to install hammacks around town ..... the two seemed to go together.

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    Aug 21, 2012 12:03 PM GMT
    clemsongrad saidWe have a program like this in Charlotte, with 20 stations. It just started this month and I see people using it. It's a great program.

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    If I didn't see this picture I would have thought it was a joke. This is fantastic. I thought it was just a European thing.
  • calibro

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    Aug 21, 2012 12:18 PM GMT
    They were super popular when i lived in tel aviv.
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    Aug 21, 2012 12:22 PM GMT
    NYC's is delayed till March, 2013, which is disappointing. I really liked how it worked in Paris - they were all over the place there.

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    Aug 21, 2012 12:32 PM GMT
    FireDoor211 said30 minutes eh? That's such a short amount of time. How do they enforce this?


    You swipe your card to unlock the bike and (I believe) swipe it when you return it (it could also just automatically register the bike as "returned" when it's parked in another Hubway station, which is no more than a bike rack like in the OP's original post pic).

    The passes and membership fees require a credit card, so if you go over the 30-minute period, they add additional charges to your card, so that's how they enforce it. And the overage charges are pretty steep, so riders need to be aware of how the system works. But there are soooo many of these stations around the city, that you could conceivably pull up to one within the 30-minute period, return your bike, and then take another one immediately.

    This isn't really meant for biking enthusiasts (like me) who plan to ride around the city for extended periods of time for exercise, etc. It's more for commuters and people who could use them for basic errands, but find taxis to be too expensive or the subway and bus system to be too inconvenient. Biking is also a much quicker way to get around Boston given the congestion at rush hour.

    Certainly not for everyone, but I see more and more people using them every day, and another testament of its success is the planned opening of more and more stations across the city. Clearly, the whole system will lose its appeal (and they'll likely remove the bikes altogether) in the winter months when we're blanketed by snow.
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    Aug 21, 2012 12:38 PM GMT
    we have tons of them here in Toronto called "Bixi" bikes and they are all over the city. very popular.
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    i own my own bike, so i don't use them, but lots of friends love the service. it costs $95/year and there are bike racks within a 2 block radius in the downtown core.
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    Aug 21, 2012 12:50 PM GMT
    They have them all over DC and Arlington. They seem to be very popular, I see racks go from full to empty very quickly and they seem to be adding racks to new locations all the time.

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    Aug 21, 2012 1:18 PM GMT
    East_Village_Idiot saidNYC's is delayed till March, 2013, which is disappointing. I really liked how it worked in Paris - they were all over the place there.

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    Velib was my first bike sharing experience and I dreamed that it would arrive in the states one day. I was only expecting cities the size of DC, Boston or NY to have one. The fact that Charlottte and Kansas city have a program is real progress towards Americans using their cars just a little less.
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    Aug 21, 2012 2:26 PM GMT
    There are a couple of these operations in South Florida, no doubt because of the generally favorable weather and all the tourists. I pass one near the Galleria mall in Fort Lauderdale along the training route I take with my own bicycle. There's also one at Sebastian Beach, which is Fort Lauderdale's unofficial gay beach, closest to most of the guest houses. Wilton Manors expressed interest in having one, but doesn't yet.

    Here's how the Broward County system works: Sign up for a $45 one-year membership, for the most economical option. Members pay no charge for the first half hour, and $1 for the following half hour. Prices get steeper the longer you keep the bike, with a maximum of $65. Your credit card is debited after you swipe your B-cycle card at the bike station.

    A rider who doesn't sign up for the annual membership pays substantially higher rates, with $5 as the base rate, 50 cents for the first half hour, and $3 for every additional half hour. Under that rate structure, a person testing out the bikes would pay $8.50 to ride the bike to lunch for an hour.
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    Aug 21, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
    East_Village_Idiot saidNYC's is delayed till March, 2013, which is disappointing. I really liked how it worked in Paris - they were all over the place there.

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    Yeah Velib is awesome. And very cheap. And litteraly EVERYWHERE. If you get the year membership, it's like 30 dollars for one year.
    But the bikes are always in a terrible shape. I remember riding a bicycle with no tires on a cobblestoned street. It was quite funny though.
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    Aug 21, 2012 2:39 PM GMT
    friendormate saidbike-share-bland.jpg
    If I didn't see this picture I would have thought it was a joke. This is fantastic. I thought it was just a European thing.

    This is the same configuration we have in the Fort Lauderdale area, called B-cycle.

    http://broward.bcycle.com/home.aspx
  • SoDakGuy

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    Aug 21, 2012 2:45 PM GMT
    Minneapolis has a bike share program - a highly successful one.

    https://www.niceridemn.org/

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    Aug 21, 2012 4:23 PM GMT
    It would never work in my city, we barely have bike lanes.
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    Aug 21, 2012 4:27 PM GMT
    Yes, there is a bikeshare system in my city. We call it theft.
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    Aug 21, 2012 4:43 PM GMT
    Iceblink saidYes, there is a bikeshare system in my city. We call it theft.


    I chuckled even though its terrible! icon_lol.gif

    I get anxiety leaving my bike leaned up against the door of a porta potty while using it in the park I do interval training in even though there's hardly anyone else there. I'd never leave it alone...seen too many bike carcases all over Toronto - their remanents chained to bike racks icon_cry.gif
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    Aug 21, 2012 5:01 PM GMT
    Iceblink saidYes, there is a bikeshare system in my city. We call it theft.

    I can imagine Jay Leno delivering that line on The Tonight Show. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 21, 2012 5:14 PM GMT
    One thing that surprised me, though, was the weight given for a Broward B-cycle. It's 45 pounds (20.4 kilograms) which is very heavy for a modern bicycle. Even my rather porky Cannondale heavy-duty touring bike is 23 pounds.

    Their web site says it's to make them durable, no doubt essential for rental use, but that's still a lot of weight, approaching what electric-assist bikes are, but without the assist. And they appear to be single speed. Fortunately South Florida is flat, except for the many bridges over waterways, where you're gonna be walking that tank.

    http://broward.bcycle.com/About/BKnowledgeFAQs.aspx
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