Sunday, March 15, 2015
Day 3.74 You can do better
En route to the marina I passed one of the new rent-a-bike stations. I stopped, checked it out, read the instructions and made an initial assessment.
Bureaucrats win again.
Shitty bikes, a confusing system (including helmet exchange) and way too expensive ($8/day or $16 week-end). Way to miss by a mile Seattle Council.
So you say that it is better than nothing and at least a start? OK, fine. But how much time and money has been wasted to get to this point? Some anti-auto council member wants to show Seattle in a greener light, or as hip as Portland, so this ends up a white-collar feel-good, not something that is a transportation option or has any transit value. Tourists better love it like the Space Needle. Sheesh.
I wonder what the success rate is Nation-wide of those cities that offer bicycle street rentals? 20%, 10%? Less?
Take a cue from the locals: Make it easy and make if affordable.
Please do not take the thread strike looking. Swing for the fence, Seattle. You can do better. As we can change oil faster.