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Thread: Share bikes - good idea or failure

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    Not really that much different with shopping trolleys. Only an online form , no direct number , so after a few days the pile builds til they are collected. Then it starts again.
    At least the dumped bikes take up less space than abandoned cars , a seem to get moved quicker.

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    Iím Brisbane it seems under control....there is a docking station in front of our building. I canít recall seeing a city bike damaged or dumped.

    Just yesterday a dude was at the end of his journey and there wasnít a spot to dock.......he was a little frustrated as he had to cycle to the next docking station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weeds View Post
    Just yesterday a dude was at the end of his journey and there wasnít a spot to dock.......he was a little frustrated as he had to cycle to the next docking station.
    Hes that's the main problem with a properly organised system. Popular locations need extra docking stations and/or more pickups.

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    A GPS locator as suggested would be the obvious way to go. Why should people who donít use them have to report on theyíre whereabouts??
    I think the Deposit options a good one too, although it could be argued that the reason people use the bikes in the first place is a lack of funds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chops View Post
    A GPS locator as suggested would be the obvious way to go. Why should people who donít use them have to report on theyíre whereabouts??
    I think the Deposit options a good one too, although it could be argued that the reason people use the bikes in the first place is a lack of funds.
    My thoughts were they had some sort of tracking device inbuilt. Perhaps a scheme elsewhere on our wonderful planet ?
    As far cycling is only a form of transport for the poor ? Hell it would be easier just to get your own bike , justhave a look about on chuck out days our garage sales. An old trundled is cheap as. It is the helmet or fine for not having one is the cost. Also , isnít it more of a self sufficiency thing to use the bike ? Takes up less road space and you get some exercise , as opposed to fleets of geographically confused , underpaid Uber drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick_Marsh View Post
    In part due to the helmet laws I suspect.
    I won't ride them because when I think it is a good idea to, I don't have a helmet with me.
    Melbourne's blue bikes weren't popular because there's no need for them in the city, because you can get everywhere by tram - the reason share bikes worked in London was because there was a gap in transport over "the last mile", since most of the train lines don't link together e.g., to get from Kings Cross station to anywhere to the south, including Westminster, or to South Bank. It's not because of the helmets - bike share scheme fail more often than not, including in countries where helmets aren't required.

    And I think some people responding above haven't understood that there's two types of bike schemes, the docked ones (like Melbourne's blue bikes) and the undocked mobile rubbish ones that, in the case of the yellow o-bikes in Melbourne, were simply dumped in the City without any prior consultation with any level of government.
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