Cycling in Sydney Australia
I love the blue bikes. They are incredibly handy, fun, good for a bit of exercise and a nice way to start the day. There are 175 stations along a 13km strip and a station at both ends of my street.
Getting to the airport: 15 minutes.
Getting to a hotel in order to meet a old work mate: 5 minutes.
Getting to the airport bus stop to get the no. 70 bus: 12 minutes. That's as quick as the bus without the wait, which can easily add 20 minutes.
And tonight, I had to drop off my work buddy. I took my bike, and we hired a blue bike for her. She hadn't ridden for 10 years, but gave it a go. We were fine for 100m. Then she missed the path a bit, came down with a clang that only 15-20kg of aluminium can make and disappeared in the garden. She laughed off her bleeding arm, and we parked it until another day.
Even blue bikes have their limits.