nextbike is costly (as well as limiting)
nextbike in Hoboken is very limited (not a real bike replacement)
I’m sure you’ve seen the nextbike racks going up all over town. Well besides the annoying clutter they’re creating, they also have a very “complex” pricing model – which makes it difficult to figure out what your annual costs will be depending on how you use them (if you use them). It’s no wonder why the nextbike website doesn’t display their prices.
They have single pass (per use) pricing, and annual memberships (which cost $95 per year, with reduced rates), as you can see on their (ripe for vandalism) kiosks.
However, the costs can add up. VERY short rides are $2.15 per use, or “free” with the annual plan. But go up significantly once you go over half an hour, and become ridiculously exorbitant for longer rides.
A lazy Sunday bike ride around Hoboken? Fugghedaboutit!
If you wanted to bike around Hoboken every Sunday, say go up to Edgewater for a bit – maybe check out Jersey City. Or just sit on a bench along Sinatra Drive while you eat your banana enjoying the NYC skyline.
A total ride of around four hours once per week.
It would cost over $4,000 per year with the “single pass” plan, and $3,000 per year on the annual plan. Just to casually ride their stupid bikes for a couple hours once a week!
nextbike has just a few ideal uses
Okay, to be fair – if your only intention is to go from your apartment (racks are no more than a few blocks from everyone), down to the PATH station every morning. Then back home in the evening. It’s only $95 per year – the cost of the annual plan (would cost over $1,000 to do that pay per ride). Okay.
And for the person who runs a couple errands a week and is too lazy to walk – sure.
The minute you add a few longer than 30-minute trips each month – the costs goes up into the hundreds – even with the annual plan. Like Chinese water torture, you’ll be financially suffering soon enough.
That’s a terrible trend if you ask me.
It takes away “exploration,” and adds annoying “pit stops” at each and every rack if you want to “stop the meter” and not get charged. Doesn’t that take the spontaneity out of freedom of movement? To complete some administrative task each step of the way? That gets tiring in a hurry.
Almost no reason NOT to own a bike in Hoboken
I often hear people whining about not having a place for a bike in their apartment. Bullshit. I don’t know of ANY apartment that you can’t store your bike somewhere. Either in a basement, hallway or even locked outside.
Are there really apartments in Hoboken where it is absolutely impossible to own a bike? I don’t know of any – but I’m sure they are WAY in the minority.
You can get a Stowabike dual-suspension FOLDING mountain bike on Amazon for $139. Delivered. No tax. Plus, you can exercise your brain and fine-tune your mechanical skills in the process when you put the bike together. By hand, and by reading the instructions. Plus, since it folds – you have NO excuse. Just slide it under your bed or something!
Getting people (suckers) to buy into these group sharing scams are the equivalent to “hidden taxes” in my opinion.
Instead of a free market where you can decide where to spend your money, and whom to give it to – this whole cockamamie progressive “feel good eco-garbage” just funnels ALL the money to one place. Don’t you see that?
Limited freedom and just a few people benefit. Because you got brainwashed into the whole socialistic bike share CON. Yep. It’s all a con. Remember, Cui Bono?