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Bixi: The London UK Experience – Video from the Guardian.co.uk

Thursday, August 5th 2010

One of the lines from this Guardian.co.uk video that struck me was,

“..anybody that knows anything about these schemes, is that, in order for it to work you need enough docking stations. In London at the moment there’s 316 compared to 1600 or something like that, in Paris.

“So it’s not going to work if there aren’t enough docking stations.”

So, take note city councilors looking to be elected – if we’re serious about this we need more Bixi bikes, more docking stations and a connected, safe, efficient bike lane network.

Road testing London’s new cycle hire scheme

(click on the title to go to the guardian.co.uk video page)

The decision to expand the Bixi project will be made by the new council after the October 25th municipal election. More on that: BikingToronto article Bixi in Toronto by Bikeroo (June 27th, 2010).

For many more articles on Bixi see BikingToronto’s Main Blog (Bixi tag).

Find out who represents you on city council through this list at the City of Toronto Website.

 

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4 Comments on “Bixi: The London UK Experience – Video from the Guardian.co.uk”

  1. 1 duncan said at 11:30 am on August 5th, 2010:

    It’s good to know that it’s not just Toronto reporters who can be absolutely clueless.

    She absolutely has no idea how the “scheme” is supposed to work. Or is pretending to not know in order to make “good news.”

    You don’t take the bike and go willy-nilly all over. You go to a station, find where you want to go on the map, find a station nearby and go there. Once you arrive at the second station you dock the bike then look at the map, see what stations are nearby and make a little note of them in your head, run your errands and then either return to the station you docked the bike at or go to another station closer to where you end up.

    In fact, there are even smart phone apps that will find docking stations for you, if you have a smart phone that is.

    As I noted in my post about Montreal, thinking about personal transportation in this way is a big hurdle to overcome, but becomes clear as day once you “get it.”

  2. 2 michael holloway said at 12:45 pm on August 5th, 2010:

    Ya Duncan, I notice a few other miss-takes as well – and I’m really a neophyte on this.

    She IS right about the critical mass of docking stations necessary to make it a success – they need to be EVERYWHERE. No?

    In fact… why not a 2 and 3 Bixi Bike Docking Station, by request, in front of any store that wants one?

    Or in front of public infrastructure – like transit stops, subway entrances and parking lots?

    Hmm… I’m just making this up as I go along! The possibilities are intriguing!

    :)

  3. 3 duncan said at 1:26 pm on August 5th, 2010:

    Yes, the point that you highlight about having stations, many of them, around 300 metres apart is also very important.

    In Montreal, the stations are located at Metro (subway) stops, near the cycling infrastructure, near the university, near major shopping areas, even in a few parks. If the stations weren’t so prolific, I doubt I’d have even considered trying it out during my quick visit.

    Many, if not most, of the stations in Montreal also replace on-street car parking. This is important because many sidewalks simply aren’t wide enough to have these bikes and pedestrians on them. This meant that instead of having the stations lining busy streets, they were literally “right around the corner” on connecting side streets.

  4. 4 michael holloway said at 2:14 pm on August 5th, 2010:

    Parks. Good idea.

    The places where they end up being placed should become a ‘Brand Place’ I expect – so people eventually expect them to be, where they are – like:
    Subway = Bixi Paddock
    Park = Bixi Paddock
    and McDonald’s = Bixi Paddock
    :)


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