Tuesday, July 3, 2012
KC's New Bike Sharing Program That Isn't
When I first heard of the new bike sharing program being offered in Kansas City I thought, "What an interesting idea." Then I wondered how they would keep people from just riding off with the bikes and keeping them. Then I looked into the program and realized it's not a sharing program at all, but a bike rental service.
In order to use one of the bikes, riders have to pony up $7 a day or pay an annual fee of $65. You then only get to ride for 30 minutes, after that you'll be hit with a $2 per 30 minutes. Don't think about keeping the bike either, they won't hesitate to bill you the $2,000 bike replacement cost.
Oh, and since you can only pay via credit card, apparently KC's vehicle-less poor population, the ones who stand to benefit most from a true bike sharing program, will still have to resort to huffing it on foot or via the city's inconvenient bus system to get where they want to go.
If you are looking for a unique capitalist endeavor designed to trick uppity white liberals into thinking they are part of some big socialist experiment, look no further than B-cycle, the bicycle sharing program that isn't.