Sydney Bike Share Scheme starts July 2017 ("6000 bikes within 6 months")

From the Sydney Cycling Herald, this will be interesting

http://www.smh.com.au/world/bikesharing-boom-travels-from-china-to-...

[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.."

http://www.smh.com.au/world/will-chinas-bike-boom-beat-sydney-traff...

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Surprising that CoS can't regulate bike parking.

"Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore has written to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, urging the NSW government to look at regulating how bikes are parked."

Also worrying if the State Govt does.

Hope these entrepreneurs can make it work.

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.

I anticipate there being a huge pile of bikes outside the casino and Fishmarket when tourists figure it is cheaper to ride than take the light rail. Cheaper to walk too, but they all cram onto the trams.

Then again, the LR company could sponsor the bikes and cash in.

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!

Simple, dump bikes at one gate, walk thru and pick up bikes from other gate. Should be enough traffic in both directions to make this work. Or just divide into small groups and all take different paths, they can't catch everyone:) Tourist will figure it out.

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