i remember back in the day that there were some cities out there, like portland oregon that had "public bikes". i only heard about this second hand, but i guess they had a fleet of older bicycles, i think painted yellow or some other theft deterent color to discourage theft. they would be at certain racks throughtout the city and one would get on and use as he or she seed fit and drop it off at another location for the next citizen to use. anyone remember that or anything like that or actually has something like that where you live?
if not, that would be a great idea for older bikes that nobody would really want. gather a city wide fleet of older but maintained bicycles that some department of the city or a privet company would control. they can be fixed up, loaded with a low level lowjack device in the frame to keep track of them if missing for too long or if the wandered outside a certain jourisdiction. that would be a great idea to use older bikes. people can get from here and there, leaving the bikes for the next person. if the city was by a bike school, their learning mechanics could be in charge of maintaining the fleet for credit in school, or maintnence done by citizens needing to serve community service and that are handy with a wrench.
anyways, the idea is cool or would be cool. anyone out there think so or allready have this where they live?