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Der Speigel

A lot of cities are copying the Paris bike rental scheme. I wonder how long before we do?

Paris velo

JCDecaux, the world’s second biggest outdoor advertising company, is also the company that now provides bus shelters in the City of Vancouver. They are also the company that runs this project. The only downside that I can see is that in Paris it is funded by billboards, and I think we have quite enough of those already.

UPDATE November 30

The Vancouver Sun this morning says the Translink is now looking at this

“I wouldn’t expect it everywhere,” said TransLink vice-chair Marvin Hunt, also a Surrey city councillor. “I would expect them where there is a concentration of businesses. And I wouldn’t expect them at the King George Station at all or a station like Joyce.”

Well it doesn’t really matter what you think does it, Marvin? As of next January you will not be able to influence Translink decisions like this unless as a Surrey Councillor you decide to block it at King George – though why it could not work there is beyond me. Joyce would seem to me to be ideal. One of the few places in Vancouver where transit oriented development has actually been allowed to occur.

Gordon Price also called it a “great idea.”

He had one caution, though.

“The big problem is helmets.” In Europe, helmets aren’t required or supplied. In the Lower Mainland, it’s illegal to ride without a helmet.

Written by Stephen Rees

November 2, 2007 at 4:12 pm

Posted in bicycles, Transportation

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  1. One downside of the system we have here (run by Deutsche Bahn, German railways) is that you need a mobile phone to use it, so people without a mobile are immediately shut out. Apart from that it’s a good scheme though.

    Andy in Germany

    November 3, 2007 at 11:12 am

  2. I think Montreal is planning to do this in Fall 2008. I’m really curious to see how well that will work in winter time. Comparing a rainy Vancouver winter day to a cold Montreal day – as long as the street is cleared of snow, I actually think more people would use it in Montreal then in Vancouver. I really, really detest riding in the rain, but cold in only a factor for the first couple minutes until your body warms up.

    S.

    November 3, 2007 at 12:52 pm

  3. I’d rather bike in Vancouver rain then Montreal ice or snow. It’s not the cold that will kill you, its the slippery roads.

    I grew up in Winnipeg and only knew a few diehards who would bike in the winters (my aunt has studded tires for her bike). But I had no problems biking all Winter in Vancouver last year. Some gore-tex pants and shoe covers and you’re good-to-go.

    Peter Lander’s blog has an article about Translink investigating a similar scheme here. Unfortunately, I think bike helmets and theft are the biggest obstacles. You never see pictures of Parisians biking with helmets.

    Chris Porter

    November 5, 2007 at 9:14 pm

  4. I don’t think that Parisians are big on Gortex or spandex either come that. The biggest concession most Europeans make to cycling clothing is trouser clips. They do not ride road racing or mountain bikes either but solid, comfortable machines as seen in the illustration.

    Bike helmets confirm the perception that cycling is dangerous, and are a significant deterrent for that reason. I also think that enforcing helmet laws is much a less effective way of reducing all casualties (not just cyclists) by enforcing the laws on speeding, aggressive driving, driving while distracted and so on.

    Stephen Rees

    November 6, 2007 at 10:45 am

  5. Re: Dangerous Drivers

    Did you hear about the new (Sep. 30) law in Ontario? If you are caught going 50+ km/h over the speed limit: lose your licence and vehicle for a week, and get a fine between $2000 and $10000

    http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/274514

    How about this opinion on cars as weapons?

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071108.wlpicard08/BNStory/specialScienceandHealth/home

    Sungsu

    November 8, 2007 at 9:41 pm


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