It’s August and it’s gorgeous outside, at least where I live. I suggest you learn a little about innovations in bike-sharing, then go outside and play.
Instead of relying on kiosks and docking stations to connect users to bikes, cyclists use their smartphones to locate, check out, and lock bikes—everything is portable, wireless, decentralized, and self-contained. The tech is stored in a small “lock box” attached to the rear wheel, which connects the bike to a central server. Users create an account with SoBi, find a bike through a call or smartphone app, and receive a code which they can use to unlock the bicycle from an ordinary rack. They can just enter their account info directly into the lock box; they use the same pin code every time, “just like with a bank card.”
A few advantages: You don’t need docking stations, a la B-cycle systems. The bikes can theoretically be a lot cheaper than the $3,500 (!) cycles in the world’s first citywide network in Paris. And, as with any of the fast-spreading bike-sharing networks, you get mobility without needing a car.
Rzepecki is planning on a 20-bike test deployment in New York next month.