[*BCM*] boston's bike sharing program
hunrichs at gmail.com
Fri Aug 14 12:26:35 EDT 2009
I used the one while visiting Montreal in May, and it was pretty cool.
The bike stands were everywhere, so without fore-thought, you could
pretty easily jump on a bike, ride for less than 1/2 an hour, then leave
it at another stand. They way they had it set up, you didn't need to
buy a membership, you just swiped a credit card, and only got charged
for anything if you kept the bike for more than 30 minutes. According
to locals, you could serially ride multiple bikes for short hops, still
at no charge.
It is good for tourist use, but I think it also could be good for short
pre/post subway trips. When I don't ride my own bike, I often take the
T, and end up spending more than half of the commute time walking to and
from the train. As far as I'm concerned it would be awesome to have a
free or nearly free no-hassle bicycle waiting for me at either end.
The bikes themselves were funcitonal, comfortable, but definitely not
the kind of thing anyone would want to steal. (besides, they have your
credit card number). The thing that worries me the most about this not
working, is just the brutal, fuck-everyone vandalism impulse. People
can be dicks.
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