Something like this will only work if they put in a high enough initial cost to supply enough pod locations to make it convenient. Hopefully, if they do try this, they don't just get 50 bikes and say it didn't work.
Also, I read something about also also having day lots that gave you a bike when you park your car. I think both of these options would be great for the city. I know too many suburb people that have a completely different image of the city then I do.
They drive in, struggle to park, go to the one place they came into the city for, and then get into their car and leave. Their perception of city life is crappy parking and they didn't even get to see all the cool things Philly has to offer.
As many of you know, the scenery looks completely different when you are going slow enough to see the detail. I feel that, while this program would be great for the city residents, it would also show a lot of the suburb just how great city life is by encouraging them to actually wander around.
Yay for bicycles and Philly.