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Bike Share with built-in docking system

Rob Campanile

This seems like a much better idea than New York's Citi bikes. I read a story about how the Citi bike corrals take up much-needed parking spots and the neighborhood wanted it removed. This new company would utilize existing bike racks around the city and give riders incentives for dropping off the bike in a location that needs a bike.

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  • Beads Land-Trujillo

    First off, "much needed parking spaces" kind of misses the objective of reducing the reliance on automobiles. Second, there aren't all that many bike corrals in New York City to begin with. So, they'd still need to installed. Either they go in parking spaces, or they go on sidewalks blocking pedestrian traffic.

    That this solution can use generic bike racks is probably good from a cost perspective, and would certainly ensure greater access and choice of where to leave shared bikes, but the bike racks would still need to be installed in public spaces, and that means those spaces won't be available for other purposes.

    Also, there may also be security issues if bikes are spread too thinly for program managers to monitor them--bikes chained to signposts by owners who subsequently abandoned them when they've come back to find both wheels missing are a common sight on the streets of our city.

  • Adele Peters

    I really like these guys, and hope that more bikeshare systems move to this model. When I was living in Brooklyn, there were several times that I was running late, not near the right subway, and would have loved to try out the new bikeshare bikes-- but I knew there was no place for me to park the bike when I got where I was going. So much nicer to have it flexible, as long as the area is compact enough that people can still find bikes without set locations...