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I guess it can't hurt to try. I try to drive as little as possible (3000-4000 miles max a year) so I applaud the effort, but who knows how the scum in this city will figure out a way to abuse this.
This program is going to sink fast if they don't expand the amount of time you can use to borrow a bike. What do they think we'll be doing, taking it for a spin around the block? In bad traffic I can get from the U to downtown in a half an hour in about 20 minutes, and you can completely forget about running errands with the bike. Thirty minutes not only isn't "there and back" time, it certainly isn't "there, stop, shop, pack up and come back" time.
I can see all the bikes getting stolen, just like the free ones were a few years ago. As for RFID technology, I'll bet all the units end up in dumpsters.
Another sign of great government spending.
What happens when some bad man steals your bike and throws it into the Mississippi River (with the other yellow bikes)?
Another way to waste tax payers money
Didn't St Paul have bikes out at one time for people to use and they were stolen?
I can't help but wonder if the $4 million could be better spent somewhere else. Walking and biking is great, but some Minnesota families don't have enough to eat due to recent job loss.
I believe the article says the first 30 mins are free for members (incentive for membership) so if you borrowed it for an hour or 90 mins, which are likely timeframes, then you'd always be getting a deal everytime you rented. The yellow bike thing in St. Paul didn't work because the bikes weren't rented out (with credit cards/IDs), so no one was accountable to locking and watching them. I think this is a great option for those who are at the U w/o a bike but need one here and there and maybe can't afford one or don't want to commit to storing one all winter just for Fall/Spring use.
What a waste! Minneapolis thinks it's so cool to do something like Paris did. Except they ignore the fact that over half the bikes in Paris have disappeared or been so heavily vandalized as to be destroyed. This fact has been covered in the media, except for Minneapolis. We don't want to upset the politicians with facts.
Looks like bikes won. Than R.T. we have to cut cops not bikes. Thanks for politicing
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