kermit

Charlotte Bike Sharing

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1 hour ago, dubone said:

I've probably seen a dozen knocked over in the last 24 hours.  It's an issue still. 

I whole-heartedly agree that much of this would not be an issue if bike infrastructure were move common.  An increase in how many bikes are out there is not implicitly a problem.   I like the idea of leaning in on all this and just remedying the negatives while continuing the grow the number.   The market is clearly there. 

 

Is there a particular area or circumstance we’re you’re seeing them knocked down or a reoccurring area?  Or is it just random as far as location, surrounding, etc?

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Since I am possibly the cheapest man alive I tend to seek out the Limebike Bonus bikes. Over the past week I have discovered that about 2/3rds of these bikes actually don't exist -- I go to their location (per the app) and.... nothing. While its possible a few of them may have been really well hidden away I am certain that a large portion of them are simply ghosts on the app.

Anybody else run into this?

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9 hours ago, kermit said:

Since I am possibly the cheapest man alive I tend to seek out the Limebike Bonus bikes. Over the past week I have discovered that about 2/3rds of these bikes actually don't exist -- I go to their location (per the app) and.... nothing. While its possible a few of them may have been really well hidden away I am certain that a large portion of them are simply ghosts on the app.

Anybody else run into this?

Just used the app for the first time today and all of the bikes on the map were in their location shown. Only problem was some of them were under maintenance but still showing as available on the app. 

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The O has an update on dockless ridership:

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article207792629.html

23,000+ dockless rides in February (with 9,000 of those rides in the last week of the month). Bcycle implied they got about 6,000 rides per month (although the time period they provided data for included late summer and Fall).

I was once a bcycle member, but its now clear that there is nothing more analogue in a digital world than docked bikeshare.

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I've now ridden each bike share company in the city and can say that I don't think any of them are in any way comfortable to ride.

I am open to the possibility that either I am just too tall (I am tall), or I am too accustomed to road bikes/mountain bikes for my own good.

Opinions?

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1 minute ago, SgtCampsalot said:

I've now ridden each bike share company in the city and can say that I don't think any of them are in any way comfortable to ride.

I am open to the possibility that either I am just too tall (I am tall), or I am too accustomed to road bikes/mountain bikes for my own good.

Opinions?

I have tried two (ofo and Lime) and found ofo to be totally unacceptable due to my height. I think Lime is OK when the seatpost and the gear shifter still works. Its heavy and clunky and the gearing sucks on anything but the flat, but I have decided they are perfectly reasonable transportation when I would rather not walk. I have also been pleasantly surprised that they are maintained relatively well.

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4 hours ago, SgtCampsalot said:

I've now ridden each bike share company in the city and can say that I don't think any of them are in any way comfortable to ride.

I am open to the possibility that either I am just too tall (I am tall), or I am too accustomed to road bikes/mountain bikes for my own good.

Opinions?

Maybe bcycle can make this their thing. The niche bikes for taller, wider, whateverer people and you'll always know where to find them.

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16 hours ago, kermit said:

I was once a bcycle member, but its now clear that there is nothing more analogue in a digital world than docked bikeshare.

Exactly!

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