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 use a Melbourne Bike Share helmet that I purchased for $5, its a bit gross but very comfortable.
I've got a Melbourne Bike share helmet too :)
Sansouci is a wonderful name to associate with bicycling, from the French as I understand, sans souci meaning without a worry, care free.....car free would be nice, but that'd be stretching the translation too far I guess.
Is one to assume then that the hundreds if not thousands of cars parked "in Balmain and surrounding areas" somehow pale to insignificance in the visual pollution stakes compared to these relatively very few hideous bicycles?
I am regularly out n about on my bike within the city and surrounding metro areas. I amazed at how many of these units are out there. I witnessed more in use today than I have since their inception. I discover some parked (or left) in the most obscure locations. The warmer weather, I hope, will encourage higher use participation
I wish the promoters well with their venture. My own thoughts are that their standardized general exposure makes a firm visual statement that bicycles have a place in this increasingly congested city.
I've ridden a ReddyGo bike twice now. Handy for trips of a few kilometres. The gearing is very poor though. I never took it out of first gear. I do a lot of riding in Sydney but struggled to make it up even slight hill on these bike. Had to be out of the saddle most of the time.
I've tried an o-bike, and yes, I had to get out of the saddle on a relatively modest incline. I'd say the gear is a bit high - seems to be configured for flat riding.
I saw someone on an o bike the other day out of the saddle up Miller Street in Pyrmont. It didn't look like it was easy going. I haven't tried one myself yet.