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Should be an interesting pilot. I guess if all the bikes are always taken, it would show quite a healthy demand, giving good reason to expand it..then more...and more. _If_ it works out that way; we'll see. Like I said, should be an interesting pilot.
I'm just afraid that most people will give up on the system because the sparse deployment makes it is so unreliable. New York City's system is already reporting over-capacity problems despite having 10 times as many bikes and stations.
I agree that the pilot program's small size could be an issue. Part of what makes bike share work is having bikes readily available at stations that are fairly close to each other so that they saturate the area. So 700 bikes at 70 stations in five cities isn't ideal.New York City's over-capacity issues is a strong statement for the value of bike share to its residents. Between tweaking the station locations, adding more bikes and balancing the bike locations, I'm sure they'll resolve most of their issues. But transportation in New York is tough during peak periods for all modes: standing-room-only subways, bumper-to-bumper cars, and crowded sidewalks are common. Now they have another option--bike share--that's sometimes over-crowded.I would love it if we have New York City's bike share demand problems.
I forgot to mention that both my husband Dick and I bought annual memberships. I can't wait until the bikes arrive so we can do our first Bay Area Bike Share adventure. I'll be blogging about it of course.
@Cyclist I think we're all trying to imagine how it will work since we haven't seen it here before. As for who'll use it: My niece and her husband just renewed their Capital Bikeshare annual membership instead of buying their own bikes. She said they use them for 5-20 min trips and loves the program. Storage space is one issue for them.For my husband and me, we expect to use bike share when visiting San Francisco. We normally take our own bikes but I don't like leaving them locked up in SF for theft reasons. With bike share, once we lock the bikes back into the station we're not liable. The bikes themselves have non-standard parts so they're far less likely to have their seats, wheels, etc stolen. We had our saddles stolen last time we locked up at SF MOMA. :(As for the cost of the pilot: Yes, it's taxpayer funded and very expensive on a per bike basis. Many programs in other cities are funded by corporate sponsors: Citibank in NYC, Barclays in London, JC Decaux in Paris. Citi's sponsorship was $47.5 million for 6000 bikes in 300 stations (to go to 10K soon). That's worst case $790 per bike.How this will all work out remains to be seen, but it's worked in other cities and it's worth a try here. I'm hoping for a corporate sponsor and a non-profit to manage it instead of government funding.
I have to assume that a large portion of the program's price is startup costs like software, employees, and rental stations. If they increase the system to something like what New York City has (6000 bikes), then the price per bike will drop sharply.Regarding why would a person use this system if they already own a bike, I can think of many reasons. Taking your own bike on Caltrain is a huge hassle, especially at rush hour. I regularly see bicyclists abandoned at train stations because there are no more bike spaces on the train. And that is after they have already bought a train ticket.If you only need the bike for part of the day, rental bikes mean you don't have to find some place to leave the bike for the rest of the day. With these rental bikes, you just return them to a station near your destination and you never have to worry about theft.This assumes, of course, that there are stations near popular destinations around the city. Hopefully there will be stations at all the major parks, shopping centers, and employers in the city. Hopefully, shopping centers and employers will see the benefit in sponsoring these stations themselves.
I don't doubt that there will be a few people who will try this out, I will be one of them. But more out of curiosity than from filling a real need. When all these non bike-related agencies decided to spend $10,000 per bike on a program like this, I don't think this was within their mandate. Air District? I don't doubt that private enterprises would contribute to a viable program, after it proved to be viable. My concern is that all the risk up front is being assumed by tax payers, without any real consent to do so.San Francisco already has at least one privately-run bike rental program that is wildly popular, judging by the number of tourists I see pushing the bikes up SF hills. 700 bikes distributed around an entire metro area can't be fairly compared to the DC program of thousands of bikes in a dense downtown with many drop locations near the Metro. All of the cities cited are dense downtowns, flat, and heavily touristed. I believe that tourists fill the need in many of these cases.I rented such a metro bike in Germany at the train station a few years back while on vacation. The bike looked just like the one in the article's picture. (Non-standard parks, not very desirable.) The bike was issued with a lock, and it was stolen, while locked up, within 3 hours of rental. I had to fill out some paperwork, and got another one without any penalty to me. The German tax-payer picked up most of that tab. Now imagine a scenario where a tourist is risking $1200 if their undesirable rental gets stolen. That would prevent most users from ever parking it anywhere but the drop locations. And with limited drop locations and 700 bikes distributed over such a wide area, that limits the usefulness of this program significantly.Private bike rental companies have already figured out how to do this cost-effectively in SF. If there were really a need for a redundant program like the $10K program, it would have existed already, there is plenty of VC money around to fund something like this, if it made any sense.
Bike sharing should not be confused with bikes rentals. Bike sharing have a pricing schema that's set up for short point-to-point trips where the focus is transportation, not joyriding like tourists often do. Think "I want to ride from my hotel at Fisherman's Wharf to breakfast at the Ferry Building" vs "Let's ride over the Golden Gate Bridge and come back on the ferry."The scenario you had in Germany won't happen here because bike share bikes don't come with locks, you have to use the docking station to lock them. So yes, that means people will be unlikely to ride them outside the bike share zone which is pretty small. It's a pilot.
The > 30 minute fee is not mentioned in any of the press releases I have read. You have to go to the Bay Area Bike Share website (linked) to learn this. It's +$4 for 31-60 minutes, +$7 for each add'l 30 minutes. I don't understand why this isn't made known when the $9/$22/$88 prices are mentioned in all the releases. A one-day $9 pass plus a $4 penalty for 30 mins quickly approaches the $14 fee for an all-day pass on Muni. With only 700 bikes distributed over 70 stations in the SF bay area, there's no guarantee when you want to come back from your one-way trip that there will be a bike for you. So you will either wait for that bike (unknown wait time), or just take Muni back. Or click on Uber and get a cheap ride. Will helmets be provided for each bike? I doubt it. I would not ride in downtown SF without a helmet, and I'd bet most people would act similarly. The 700 bikes (plus the 300 add'l promised by year's end) are made in Canada. For a $7 million pilot at $10K per bike, they couldn't get these built in the US? I doubt the labor costs are much different in Canada than they are in the US. I can see once private money comes in, they'll get the cheapest Chinese bikes they can buy, that's fine; but for an overpriced pilot like these, the bike money should at least go back to a US bike maker. 041b061a72