I was walking through my neighborhood to get to an appointment noticed something new. All these bicycle racks with a charge box popped up. My mind started thinking, “This is awesome”. Instantaneously I saw the benefits.
A little background. 5 years ago I was an avid bicyclist commuting from work to home. I enjoyed the breeze, the commute, and the activity. However, one faithful day my bicycle was stolen and I said “nevermind, I don’t want to risk having my property stolen again.” Thievery is rampant in paradise.
Now that there is a bikeshare program, Bikeshare Hawaii BIKI, I am extremely interested in riding a bicycle again. some benefits I thought was awesome is the following:
- I do not need to register the bicycle. The responsibility becomes the community and from what I learned recently the for profit company maintaining the bikes and bike racks. Meaning, if something is stolen, it can still be reported, but the for profit company/community is more invested in a) replacing or b) finding the culprit. When my bike was stolen 5 years ago, let’s be honest, even I didn’t care because of the weight of responsibility vs. the convenience.
- Conveniently get to places. I hate parking out here in Hawaii. Driving around for half an hour is something I don’t want to do if my destination is a 15 minute walk away from me which could mean a 5 minute bicycle ride. Not only that, but paying for parking.
- Technology to gather data. Each bicycle rack can conveniently keep track of the usages. Being able to keep track of usage also helps anticipate maintenance costs. Anticipating maintenance costs means we can have better estimates of how many parts are needed to keep the system going. I’m excited to see how this rolls out.
Do you have experience with Bike Shares? What’s your opinion? Feel free to holler @ me.