Bike Dispenser


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The Bikedispenser is described by its Dutch designers as a mobility solution.  Members purchase a card that is swiped through the machine, dispensing them a bicycle for up to 24 hours for about $3.75. Imagine if such the Bikedispenser, I mean mobility solution, was installed in every large city.  Bicycles would become ubiquitously convenient.  Or perhaps these kind of quasi-socialist, communal, solutions are not universally translatable across all cultures and countries.  Would this shared form of personal transport work in the United Sates?  I’m not sure.  Our culture of views personal property as an extension of our persons, a reflection of our personalities.  Are Americans willing to give up our love affair with personal vehicles in favor of shared ones?

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  1. Chris

    Jan 13, 2010 at 3:34 am

    What happens if the bike gets stolen, do they keep charging you day after day?

  2. Michael Mahoney

    Jan 13, 2010 at 6:48 am

    A great solution to a common problem in many large cities. How do I stay mobile without having my bicycle stolen every time I go into a store? This is already working in one major North American city that I have seen. Montreal has shown that even in a city that spends six months covered in snow bike sharing works, cuts traffic, pollution, and raises the accesibility of the city to its citizens.

  3. Harris Chapman

    Jan 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Barcelona has a basic but fundamentally similar system. As soon as this system becomes more accessible then im sure we’ll see a lot people taking part, the card bit I just don’t think invites people to accept this. So, perhaps if the bikes had very little value then they wouldn’t be stolen, so anyone could use them without the need to pay. Adverts on the bikes could easily make this a viable solution…

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