martinjs wrote:Not sure what Denver s public transport system's like but I do remember the tram system in Melbourne's CBD is pretty good. If you buy a all day or weekly pass it's really handy to travel around the CBD by tram or the city loop. Used to do it all the time when shopping or going to the city for work.
As for tourist doesn't Melbourne have that free city loop tram that runs all day? They'd all be competition for the Bike share program.
Yep. The Melbourne bikeshare faces challenges. Whats new. Nobody is doubting that Martin. But that hasn't stopped Melbourne becoming the busiest cycle commuting city in Australia. But you might not know that being not from around here.
But only the obtuse doubt that the helmet laws are a massive impediment to the success of the Bikeshare. Even the government has recognized the problem, its just their solution fails to address it properly.
jules21 wrote:also the lack of functional public transport in the US may boost bike hire numbers. the problem with the Melbourne scheme is that it is located in the exact zone within which our PT is very convenient. what they should have done is target PT 'dead zones'.
Bikeshare belongs in the highly trafficked parts of the city. It can replace walking and PT as transport choices. I find it odd that the same people who argue that helmets are not a major impediment are also arguing that PT is a competitor. PT wins out easily as you don't need to carry a helmet to ride a tram.