Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Carlsbad, CA
Bikes: '09 Felt F55, '84 Masi Cran Criterium, (2)'86 Schwinn Pelotons, '86 Look Equippe Hinault, '09 Globe Live 3 (dogtaxi), '94 Greg Lemond, '99 GT Pulse Kinesis
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Saw a similar movement in Holland back in the early 90's, only these didn't even require payment. They just repaired a ton of Dutch city bikes, painted them an outrageous yellow and put them all over town--no locks, no nothing. It was a pretty neat deal, especially if you're a tourist with a free morning.
But I saw signs of the program's demise when kids with multiple facial piercings began commandeering them, covering the yellow paint (sort of) with stickers or other paint, or just chucking them in the canals.
It was a little bit of a relief to see it fail actually; I felt like a lower form of life seeing such civic benevolence in Europe. "Something like this would NEVER work in the states!"