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bike share is coming

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Ahlir

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Jun 9 2014 at 4:53pm #

Thoughtful article in the WaPo:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/09/is-bikeshare-good-or-bad-for-bike-shop-business/


salty

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Jun 9 2014 at 7:51pm #

Exactly. The true cost of private automobile transportation is (purposefully) obscured, while bike share, transit, etc. have nice budgets that make easy targets for criticism. It’s bullshit.

$10M probably won’t even pay for a mile of another shitty unnecessary highway in the middle of nowhere.


btotheen

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Jun 10 2014 at 8:35am #

I have been using bikeshare in DC this week, and it really does seem to be designed to get people to think “gee, riding a bike is fun, but it would be much less expensive and a pain in the ass if i just bought my own…”


KBrooks

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Jun 10 2014 at 12:19pm #

It can get people to think that way, sure. (That’s the hidden agenda of the All-Powerful Bike Lobby!)

But it can be a solid addition to public transportation, even if you already bike regularly. There are some situations in which using a bikeshare bike would be easier/more convenient than using your own — the last blocks of your trip after taking a bus, getting to a sporting event or to a music venue without worrying about locking up, when the roads are all salty (if you don’t have a beater).

I can’t wait to bring bikeless friends and family on Jail Trail/Southside/NShore tours of the city.


Ahlir

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Jun 10 2014 at 1:38pm #

I recently used the bike share in New York (well, Manhattan). It provides a lot of benefits (since you can find racks every few blocks).
1) It’s less hassle than the subway if you’re going only 1-2 stops.
2) It’s the easiest way to go cross-town.
3) Traffic jams are not a show-stopper: you just weave through the cars (well, in a safe and courteous manner).

To reiterate a previous comment: share bikes are not about biking around. You buy your own bike for that. They are a complement to other forms of public transportation and fill a specific need.

I don’t know how the Pittsburgh system will be set up, but the NYC is very clearly set up for short trips, up to 30 mins; anything over that and you start paying (I think) $4 per 30 mins. If you want to ride around, rent a bike from a shop.


edmonds59

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Jun 10 2014 at 5:21pm #

Last month I used a bike share in Ft Lauderdale Fla. Extended family had an overnight before heading home after a cruise. 12 of us piled in a cab to get to an area with some nice restaurants. After dinner I spied a share rack right outside the place, so spur of the moment I got bikes for my son and I and we took a lovely nighttime toodle back to the hotel, left the rest of them to the ratty cabs. It was the greatest freaking setup ever. Ft Lauderdale, lovely town.


paulheckbert

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Jul 7 2014 at 6:27pm #

Now they’re saying Pittsburgh Bike Share will start in Spring 2015.

http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-bike-share-program-launch-delayed-until-spring-2015

The initial plan required that the bid process for purchasing the bicycles be run through PennDOT, and specified “third generation” bike share technology, with the user interface on the bicycle parking stations.

“The fourth generation technology that’s coming out moves that intelligence onto the bike,” Yavorosky said. “There are a lot of advantages to that, but the biggest … is that it’s much cheaper.”

Because the winning bid for manufacture of the bicycles and docks employed the newer, fourth generation technology, Pittsburgh Bike Share could not accept the bid until the plan was revamped through PennDOT, which added a couple of months onto the process.


Benzo

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Jul 8 2014 at 9:14am #

Yes, Spring was mentioned by scott bricker and peduto at the press conference on the new bikeways.

I do think it will be good to have our new bikeways installed downtown prior to the start of the bike share. As well as having the strip district trail reopened. I also hope we get the east end bikelanes repainted on liberty and friendship as well.

I can see a nice loop for visitors wanting to head to the strip district from downtown by taking the penn ave bikeway, heding through the convention center to the strip district trail to the strip at 21st st, depositing the bike, grabbing a bite to eat or doing some shopping, and returning on penn bike lanes, crossing 11th and hopping back on the bikeway.


jonawebb

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Jul 14 2014 at 8:21am #

More on bike share: http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6425068-74/bike-share-pittsburgh

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