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    Bike Vending Machines!

    Bike Vending Machine could make bike rentals all the rage





    This Bike Vending Machine is an ingenious design meant to facilitate bike rentals in urban environments. Customers could pay a small fee to get a bike from one of the machines and then they'd be able to ride it where they pleased. They could then return it to another bike machine across town, allowing for easy one-way trips.

    The bikes would be loaded up with RFID tags to keep track of them, preventing people from running off with their freshly freed bike. It sounds like a great idea to me. I wish there was an easy way to bike around New York without having to ride my own bike in from Brooklyn. Let's make this happen, Bloomberg. Adam Frucci
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    not in a bizillion years

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    Do the RFID chips function underwater? That's where they'd end up here.

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    Simple theft protection and recovery method: require a credit card for rental. If the bike isn't returned, charge the card for a replacement and loss of rental revenues. If you don't want to take the risk of someone stealing it, then don't rent it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
    Simple theft protection and recovery method: require a credit card for rental. If the bike isn't returned, charge the card for a replacement and loss of rental revenues. If you don't want to take the risk of someone stealing it, then don't rent it.
    One tiny problem with this.......I.D. theives would love to get free bikes to resell.
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    Most people are greedy and dishonest. That's why this would never work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kc0bbq View Post
    Do the RFID chips function underwater? That's where they'd end up here.
    My thoughts exactly.

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    Even if they are returned, no guarantee they are still functional. Some one might decide to slash the tires, or disconnect the brakes "just for fun".
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    Sounds like they would make a great parts source also...
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    I don't even understand what that bike is? Are the tires 8" across or are the bars 6 feet high?

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    Check out VELIB in Paris. 20000 bikes, 1000 bike vending machines. Started in June and has, so far, been a success. All kinds of cool electronic gizmos to make the whole thing work.

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    They have a similar system in tulsa, ok. you swipe your credit card, and if the bike isn't returned in a certain amount of time you get charged for it, otherwise it's free. thus far it works

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
    Simple theft protection and recovery method: require a credit card for rental. If the bike isn't returned, charge the card for a replacement and loss of rental revenues. If you don't want to take the risk of someone stealing it, then don't rent it.
    So the government provides bikes for rent but only to people with credit cards? Sounds pretty discriminatory to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprocket Man View Post
    Most people are greedy and dishonest. That's why this would never work.
    No, a small minority of people are greedy and dishonest. However, that's enough to make sure this would never work.
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