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    Cycling Advocates Debate Bike Share Idea

    CALGARY Different cycling advocacy groups gave aldermen opposing views on how aggressively to pursue a bike sharing system Wednesday as aldermen voted to find a costing plan to launch the program as early as mid-2014.

    Cities throughout North America have dotted their downtown with bike rental stations, which rely mostly on user fees and corporate sponsorships to operate.

    http://www.calgaryherald.com/busines...827/story.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fargo Wolf View Post
    CALGARY Different cycling advocacy groups gave aldermen opposing views on how aggressively to pursue a bike sharing system Wednesday as aldermen voted to find a costing plan to launch the program as early as mid-2014.

    Cities throughout North America have dotted their downtown with bike rental stations, which rely mostly on user fees and corporate sponsorships to operate.

    http://www.calgaryherald.com/busines...827/story.html
    I hope 'Bike Share' programs encourage people to take up bike riding and/or ride more. So to further their own health and encourage one of the best health-related activities that a person can participate in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fargo Wolf View Post
    CALGARY – Different cycling advocacy groups gave aldermen opposing views on how aggressively to pursue a bike sharing system Wednesday as aldermen voted to find a costing plan to launch the program as early as mid-2014.

    Cities throughout North America have dotted their downtown with bike rental stations, which rely mostly on user fees and corporate sponsorships to operate.
    Whether bike share programs make sense or not depend entirely on how they are implemented. The Velib system in Paris is absolutely wonderful. Bikes and pickup/dropoff stations are plentiful and are located in places where you actually might need to pick up a bike: restaurant districts, near museums, shopping, etc. Most of all, it is cheap. A day pass for the Velib system costs a euro.

    Contrast with the bike share system in Chicago, which has a handful of pickup/dropoff stations, almost all of them on the lakefront in the short span between Navy Pier and the Field Museum, distant from restaurants, shopping, or much of anything else. Worse still, the cost to rent a bike is $10 an hour, far more expensive than it would be to take the bus or the subway to where you want to go. Completely pointless.

    I suspect no bike share system would be viable on user fees and corporate sponshorship alone, but would require government subsidy. Too bad that's a dirty word in the U.S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by corvuscorvax View Post

    I suspect no bike share system would be viable on user fees and corporate sponshorship alone, but would require government subsidy. Too bad that's a dirty word in the U.S.
    Of course, you could easily say the same thing about paved roads. Without massive general-fund subsidies, there's no way gas taxes and license fees cover their cost.
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    Chicago is getting a Brand New Program...A real "share" with the first 50 stations on the lake front and in the loop opening in Mid June...
    http://divvybikes.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by shopan View Post
    Chicago is getting a Brand New Program...A real "share" with the first 50 stations on the lake front and in the loop opening in Mid June...
    http://divvybikes.com/
    Sounds like a nice start. Just on the loop makes it a worthwhile program to implement.

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    The Loop and lake front will be the First stations I believe from the map...They plan 300 stations in the first 3 months...The trick is going to be putting the stations in the right spots and keeping enough empty spaces where traffic demands...

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    There probably were even more debates, complaints, fear and fury when the first bus began to run on the street, and the first subway began to operate underground. (Slightly justified, seeing how many people died under their wheels. Bikes are so much more benign.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by vol View Post
    There probably were even more debates, complaints, fear and fury when the first bus began to run on the street, and the first subway began to operate underground. (Slightly justified, seeing how many people died under their wheels. Bikes are so much more benign.)
    Nah, when buses showed up on the scene, people had common sense still. Buses were how you got from town to town, and bikes/walking/horses were the way to navigate through the town. It was just seen as a common sense need.

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    Here is a point very relevant to cycling advocacy and safety:

    I believe many drivers will become Citi bike riders, occasionally or frequently. This means more drivers will experience what it's like to ride a bike on NYC streets. Hope that will help make them more cyclist-friendly when they drive.

    Especially hope more truck drivers will ride Citi bikes and know what danger trucks can cause to cyclists due to blind spots, wide vehicle body, speeding...

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