Comment 114962

By mdrejhon (registered) - website | Posted November 19, 2015 at 12:37:49 in reply to Comment 114938

SoBi has crowdsourced bike rebalancing (you get paid to return bike to a station) which helps to an extent. In the future, you could get a bigger reward when bringing a bike back uphill, e.g. bringing a bike back up the Mountain.

SoBi also breaks even at only 1-2 rides per bike per day, while BIXI requires something like 4 rides per bike per day.

SoBi Hamilton currently has more than 7300 members, while having the operating cost of only 1 public transit bus! On some low-capacity suburban bus routes, fewer distinct regular users per year use that bus route. And Hamilton out-bikeshared Toronto (Toronto newspaper article!). I'd say our SoBi system is an unqualified success.

Also, families do ride bikes in Montreal. Not a huge number, but some now do. And even more families do in Amsterdam/Copahagen even much more regularly. Not saying it would happen that much in Hamilton this generation, but there is a great deal of improvement available in local cycle infrastructure.

Comment edited by mdrejhon on 2015-11-19 13:46:53

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