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Old 07-19-18, 09:29 PM
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Originally Posted by cooker View Post
I doubt any competing interests are quashing dockless bikes here. I suspect it's just that most of North America isn't fertile ground for this type of innovation. You need a large city and it has to be quite bike-friendly and it probably also has to have a lot of tourists because many of the locals who ride in the city already have bikes and you need tourists to make up some of the users. You would need to saturate the area with thousands of bikes, all with GPS or something, so everybody would always be able to find one, and you would probably need to have some paid staff to continuously redistribute them after they all ended up in popular spots.You'd need to regularly check them for tire pressure and general maintenance and safety issues. it would be a lot more expensive than for docked bike because at least in that case, you know that a bunch of them are all going to be in one place.
I was in San Diego on business a few months back and used some of the Limebikes. I thought they were great and have already addressed many of the issues you mentioned:
1. Solid tires so no tire pressure worries
2. Plenty of bikes with GPS sprinkled around the city. I was a 30 min (by bike from downtown) and had no problem finding bikes.
3. App supports maintenance reports. One of my bikes wouldn't shift into 3rd gear.

No idea if it's a sustainable business model but I appreciated the opportunity to hop on a bike and head downtown for dinner on a bike.
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