August 7, 2010 2:30pm CST
The city of Minneapolis (where I live) has recently started a program where people can rent bikes, by the hour, from the city. There are bike stands throughout the city where you can insert your credit card, and pay that way. I just realized this a few weeks ago but I thought it was a great idea - especially for tourists (not that there are really that many or anything, I wouldn't imagine) or people who just don't have a bike and want to pay for the one-time use only. Do you have things like this in your city or town? About how much does yours run for? I have a bike, so it's not all that useful of a service to me, but I think it's a great way for the city to make money and for people to get out and about (We do have a lot of trails in the metro area). What do you think of the idea?
12 Aug 10
That's a great idea for a city! It makes it more worthwile to go around the city, not to mention cheaper specially for tourists. The closest thing I could relate to this is a job I took a couple of years ago. It is a big factory as they make planes. Inside it are bikes were people could just go and ride from one department to another. Makes it a bit more fun to go about doing work.
7 Aug 10
Hello Maezee. It's a good idea for people who need a bike just for one small journey. I've been to Amsterdam and they have thousands of bikes on the pavements there, people seem to just take them then put them back when they're finished. I'm not sure if they have to pay or not. I think more cities should do this, it's definitely better than paying for a taxi or sitting on a bus in busy traffic.