IkaInk wrote:There are so many problems with this scheme it will struggle to get 200 uses a day. The reason these systems have worked overseas is they have offered convenience that was not previously offered in whatever city you're talking about.
The system in Melbourne is not convenient for a number of reasons:
- Firstly and most importantly Helmets
- Too few stations
- All stations are in the CBD which already has adequete public transport, and isn't very bike friendly
- Day or weekly trips require a deposit, so you have to have funds available for this in the first place
Of course the system hasn't been thought out very well either, for some absurd reason it falls under Tim Pallas, Roads Minister's portfolio instead of Martin Pakula who is the Minister for Public Transport.
I've gone into more detail at my blog if anyone cares to read.
I got a daily pass recently. It's all done on credit card, so you need a credit card but you don't need separate funds for the deposit. This raises a few issues in my mind:
- Not everyone has a credit card.
- I don't know if they debit the $300 depisit on your credit card and then credit it back when you return the bike. That sounds cumbersome.
- There's a gang in Melb at the moment skimming details from credit card swipers. I'd want to see an assurance from Bike Share that the swipers at the stations are tamper proof.