Originally Posted by acidfast7
just seems too complicated with no reward.
i also like the fact that the RFID card will do bikes and cars and is also a train card.
personally, the stations just sound like a hassle ... i just roll up to my front door and leave the bike ... usually less than a 30sec walk to find one when i want one.
i like options I guess ... including rolling to the next city and having a bike as soon as I get off the train
try that with your system
edit: mr. facypants
Combing bikes, cars, and trains is a great idea on the same card but it's got nothing to do with having stations vs not. Being able to take a train into another city and use the bike share system there is also great but depends on having both trains and bike shares available in both cities. That also has nothing to do with whether a bike share system uses stations or not. Besides, I'm betting that you can't hop on to any train heading to any city and expect use a bike share bike on the other end.
By next year at least I will be able to hop on a train running to our neighboring "Twin City" and I will be able to get on a bike share bike once I get there, but yes, I will have to have both my Metro Transit "Go" card and my bike share key fob with me in order to do so.
Anyway, you're right, if there are no stations, you don't have to worry about finding them, but you still have to find a bike. To me that's more of a hassle since they're not always going to be in the same place. And apparently there are actually fewer bikes in the your vicinity than stations in mine. It is more convenient for you that you don't have to worry about finding a station near your destination. However you may have to hunt for another bike on the return trip because there's no guarantee that the same bike will be where you left it. Since more than likely there will be several other bikes wherever I leave mine, there will be still one there when I'm ready to leave.
To me a stationless bikeshare system is like a bus system that will take you wherever you want to go within a defined region but you never know from one day to the next where exactly to get on. It's more convenient in some ways, but less so in others.
Hassles are minimized when more bikes/stations are available in either type of system. My guess is that you were assuming that the stations were fewer and farther between than they actually are.
Last edited by tjspiel; 06-20-13 at 09:46 PM.