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    Long Distance Cyclist Machka's Avatar
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    Bike Share Programs

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    List of bicycle sharing systems - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Does your city or a nearby city have a Bike Share Program?
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    This list may not be up-to-date. Maybe your city or a nearby city has one but it isn't listed there yet?

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    I see Vancouver is planning to launch their program this year:
    Public bike share system | City of Vancouver

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    We had a bike share program for a while, but it closed down. The owners of the program blamed the bike company, called A2B. The idea was to put the electronics for renting and unlocking the bikes on the bikes themselves, rather than on kiosks or docking stations. This made implementation costs much lower. The bad news was that the system did not work very well so the bikes were unridable much of the time. The good news was that it really was cheaper, so nobody lost much money.


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    I don't live car free, or commute, nor do I live near any city where I could do this, but Pittsburgh is my "local" city.

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania kicked off their bike share program yesterday with shutting down Penn Avenue to automotive traffic in the morning.

    New Bike-Share Program Kicks Off In Pittsburgh CBS Pittsburgh

    500 bikes at 50 stations in 11 neighborhoods.

    It's Pittsburgh, home of the Dirty Dozen racing 13 of the biggest hills in Pittsburgh, including the steepest road in the US (Canton Ave.) I sure hope the bikes have plenty of low gearing, LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    This is a list of Bike Share Programs

    List of bicycle sharing systems - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Does your city or a nearby city have a Bike Share Program?
    Have you used it?
    Does it appear to be used?
    Any other general impressions regarding things like cost, ease of use, etc.?

    This list may not be up-to-date. Maybe your city or a nearby city has one but it isn't listed there yet?
    I said long ago that I would sign onto the Citibike program in New York City instead of using the subway. However, I'm too lazy even though it would pay itself off in 3 months! I'm spoiled with a good subway that runs pretty quick, I don't have to carry a helmet or take chances with the traffic. I"m thinking of just riding one this weekend just for fun. I'm not a bike commuter anymore but more like the millions of other commuters who are transit dependent

    Having said all that, the bike share program has been a tremendous success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
    I don't live car free, or commute, nor do I live near any city where I could do this, but Pittsburgh is my "local" city.

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania kicked off their bike share program yesterday with shutting down Penn Avenue to automotive traffic in the morning.

    New Bike-Share Program Kicks Off In Pittsburgh CBS Pittsburgh

    500 bikes at 50 stations in 11 neighborhoods.

    It's Pittsburgh, home of the Dirty Dozen racing 13 of the biggest hills in Pittsburgh, including the steepest road in the US (Canton Ave.) I sure hope the bikes have plenty of low gearing, LOL.
    Yeah, I would like to see someone take the Pittsburgh bike share 3 speed up Canton Avenue!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Does your city or a nearby city have a Bike Share Program?
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    Does it appear to be used?
    Any other general impressions regarding things like cost, ease of use, etc.?
    As a dense, compact urban center, with a commitment to cycling infrastructure, Boston is quite amenable to a Bike Share program (Hubway), and it has been wildly successful, as noted in the Wikipedia article. We live within one block of a station, and my wife uses it for fitness cycling.

    In general since I work in the suburbs and have a beater bike, I don’t use it, and the trips where I might are easily walked or done by subway. It is nice though to just drop off the bike, and worry no more about it. Stations are plentiful and well-located, and critics even complain about the prime parking spaces lost to the stations.

    Bike sharing does seem a great thing for tourists, and I have used the system in Toronto when visiting there. The cost for an extended ride was pretty cheap, certainly less, and more convenient than a bike shop rental.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    …The rental bikes were very heavy, but well-maintained, and tires properly filled. The three gears were quite suitable for the terrain and soon became pleasant to ride. Like the Hubways, the bikes are conveniently available, for about $8 for 24 hours. They similarly have 30 minute single-ride limits, but an extra half hour was only $1.50. I had become accustomed to renting from bike shops when away. But Bike-Share Programs like this are the way to go; so much more convenient and cheaper…

    My son was particularly interested to visit the various ethnic neighborhoods for which TO is famous. Though we walked and took the fabulous subway and streetcar system, cycling would be the ideal way to explore…
    Finally, I personally have used Boston’s Hubway system only about twice, but for memorable rides. In 2012 after my rear-ended cycling accident with a fractured sacrum, I had been off the bike for about five months. I was not even sure I could extend my leg over the saddle to mount. With the step-through frame of the Hubway cycle, I could easily get on and ride.

    I had been tediously and slowly walking for about 45 minutes to get the train station to get to work, and now it was a ten minute ride. One more trip with a Hubway cycle, and then I brought out the beater bike and gradually worked back up to the entire 14 mile commute, and then full cycling activities.
    Last edited by Jim from Boston; 06-02-15 at 05:49 AM.

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