Great piece on Urban Toronto about how bikesharing systems not only address the “last mile” problem of transit (ie. that transit never goes all the way to someone’s home or work), but adapts much easier and faster to changing neighbourhoods and transit needs.
“The power of major transit systems to move enormous numbers of people is beyond doubt,” Walder said. “Bike share fits into that and has attributes that fixed rail will never have.”
For political and practical reasons, mass transit must appeal to the needs of the many. However, Walder said, a bike only needs to respond to the needs of its rider. Bikes don’t have pre-determined routes between docking stations. As such, bikes can help address the last mile problem of major transit routes not being able to reach all locations.