Cycling in Sydney Australia
From the Sydney Cycling Herald, this will be interesting
[for the time poor the summery is that rival Asian Bike Share companies are setting up in Sydney & Melbourne.]
I hope these turn out to be roaring financial successes but there is reason to have doubt, perhaps the flexibility of the app and return almost anywhere will be key to overcoming previous problems.
And a rehash of the same story but with a bit more detail on the specific plans for Sydney says, "..first 160 bikes will ship from China on Monday, but the plan is to put 6000 bikes on greater Sydney's streets within six months.."
I hope they sue the government for interference in their business model in a way that is similar to how the private transit authorities can sue the government if they do something to decrease toll revenues. Not that I agree with this kind of thing, but it may be one way to rid us of MHL.
A key difference with this bike scheme and others is that helmets are being provided, which I thought they couldn't do due to the hygiene question. But anyway providing helmets will mean that this is a significantly different initiative to the existing Mel Govt one, when I was down there I could of simply used a helmet that had been left by a previous person but I wanted to buy one and it took 3 7-11's before I got one.
I'm hoping it will be a great success, for a whole host of reasons that we all know
The article did point out that if they don't increase the bike parking at stations, there will be an extra 6000 bikes clogging up footpaths and access.
This could force the state government to stop putting off the cycle infrastructure until after the light rail is built and start doing something about it now!
I optimistic it can lead to better things.
No govt wants (too much) blood on their hands for folks on a shared bike
In Japan where I have used bike shares I noticed they were all e bikes (in the cities anyway). Given Sydney CBD is resonably hilly, I hpe Mr Tang?? has employed a motor to assist. I read that the Mbne one just launched has standard bicycles, one gear, fat tyres.
While not the same, the bike hire place at Manly does very nicely from the off the ferries tourist trade. I am guessing but the day tourist would be the target users with this BSS?
A quick poke around the Sydney harbor front would be an option for that same type of tourist who has that spare two or three hours. So another big drop off spot could be at Circular Quay to do the Manly boat trip? But yes I can see plenty left in and around the casino.
Remember that the 'quick poke around the Sydney harbor front' (which is a lovely way to show the city off to visitors) is somewhat stymied by the fact that you can't cycle in the Botanic Gardens...
Hmmm, yes why lock up the very best bits?
I guess the word will have to be put out to don the bat wings, drizzle fig juice down your face while weeing in your pants and if you can screech loud enough, they may let you in and even better, out again.
Now there's a group ride!