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Old 12-18-17, 07:20 AM   #26
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Dockless share bikes are now appearing in the north western suburbs of Sydney - soon to join the legions of abandoned shopping trolleys littering our streets.

The idea that any public space can become a commercial "shop front" for dockless bikes when a "bricks and mortar" store would be fined for simply having a sign alongside a footpath - that grinds my gears something fierce.
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Old 12-18-17, 07:07 PM   #27
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I am living in China where sharing bikes are everywhere especially in the tier 1 and tier 2 cities. Equipped with huge funds from Internet Giants and Investors, they are going out of China and expanding globally ( Mobike and OFO entered EU and US market). I am sure sharing bikes are an important alternative and rival products for folding bike. What do you guys think? Will folding bike become a smaller nich product in the future?
Vancouver Canada got bike sharing in the last year. The interesting thing is that in Vancouver we have mandatory helmet use (though rarely enforced). This is the first bike share program I've seen that includes a helmet.

I can't see the need for folding bikes, since you just dock them when you are done. No need to fold them to take them into a place or to put into a car.
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Old 12-18-17, 07:55 PM   #28
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Bike share I'm down with...helmet share...not so much. I do plan my bike share days and bring my own helmet. But this does cut down on the spontaneous bike share experience.
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Old 12-19-17, 02:07 AM   #29
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Here in Singapore dockless bike sharing has done pretty well, and understandably so.

Singapore has great infrastructure for bike-sharing - almost every sidewalk has a slope on both ends (it's technically illegal to ride on the sidewalks but generally no one cares if you're careful), and most train stations are less than 15 minutes ride from any location on the island.

I initially purchased my Bromptons to make multimodal trips but the bikeshare has largely rendered the Bromptons redundant for that... now they're more for fun family outings but even then one could just jump on a bikeshare. The island is tiny enough that many street corners have at least 1 or 2 bikes sitting around, and many bus stops have up to a dozen waiting.

All the more when one of them is practically giving it away at S$5.00 (US$3.70) for SIX MONTHS of limitless rental.

Damn.
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The NYC government said no to dockless bike shares and now is reconsidering them. I don't like the idea.
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Some bike sharing companies are looking at the Philippines, I've heard, but I don't know if any of them can succeed until more cycling infrastructure is built. Maybe not in Metro Manila, but some other secondary cities might be friendlier.
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Can't wait for dockless bike share to get to downtown Los Angeles. Rented a docked bike to get from mom's home to the metro station. For the 10 minute ride, it was $3.50. For the train ride from DTLA to Long Beach? $1.75.

LA's docked bike system hoses the occasional or tourist user.

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I am living in China where sharing bikes are everywhere especially in the tier 1 and tier 2 cities. Equipped with huge funds from Internet Giants and Investors, they are going out of China and expanding globally ( Mobike and OFO entered EU and US market). I am sure sharing bikes are an important alternative and rival products for folding bike. What do you guys think? Will folding bike become a smaller nich product in the future?
Are bikes popular in my city? Don't know about folding bikes as not as good for distance riding. Haven't seen rental folders but probably available too. E-bike rentals are popular.

Yes. In Vancouver, BC the city has set up hundreds cheap rental bikes all over downtown and in the close in busy adjacent. Pick one up in one area and drop off in another. Can buy pay plan for the year. They definitely get used. Now the city is expanding the bike lanes throughout the city and on the bridges so more will use their bikes. I have my own e-bike so I love it.
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To throw more data into the mix, the Detroit Mogo share system requires purchase of $8/day pass and then charges $4/30min for any 30min above the initial with a given bike. Pretty ridiculous, given that finding the station to park the bike takes time and one adds a buffer time to accommodate any slip.
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We had a big push for Free Cycles in my town many years ago. Garbage bikes and donated bikes were refurbished and signs welded on them and they were spray painted green. They were planted all over town. They were often ridden out to the neighborhoods and left. If you found one and rode it on an errand it might not be there after you rode across town and then wanted to get back to work or home. Some of the better ones got kinda owned and were locked up while using. The program did not work. It took two or three years to fail.

Legitimate rental companies realize that maintenance is a huge part of any rental business. Gov't organizations tend to be terrible at maintenance especially of items that are use just part of the year. Ten bike mechanics needed to work for the city for 6 months a year? Oh wait we will pay them all year around....
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