City Bike Sharing: Feasible for Hoboken?

8/19/2010 Update:

Bike sharing programs work in big cities, but Hoboken?

Updating this story from over a year ago, it seems that these citywide bike-sharing programs are working in some cities across the world.

Hoboken411 reader Adrian – who’s been following the many Hertz on Demand (formerly Connect by Hertz) stories – wonders why City Hall isn’t considering this option? Because they won’t make money from it?

“If City Hall really wants to get cars off the street, then why are they not investing in a scheme like this?

I have used the same scheme in Paris and it is brilliant. Costs nothing for the first 30 minutes, then charged cheaply.

The best thing about the scheme? IT COSTS THE CITY $0. Most of the schemes are sponsored by banks, or by advertising companies that sell the space at the bike sheds, or on the bikes themselves. The bikes are cumbersome and hardly ever get stolen.

Would it be unusual for a small city like Hoboken to have this scheme? Absolutely. Would it directly reduce the number of unnecessary journeys in Hoboken by car? Absolutely. Would people use it? Absolutely. City gets the health spin, as well as the reduction in traffic.

We could even team up with Weehawken, Bayonne, Jersey City etc and do a joint scheme.

Worth considering.”

See original story from 2009 after the jump!

6/18/2009:

Would “Bixi” Bikes work in Hoboken?

Can Hoboken sustain such a program?

Hoboken411 reader Brian is very interested in these Bixi Bikes that have been recently installed throughout Montreal, Canada.

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The concept is simple. High-tech “rent-a-bikes” located at many strategic areas around the city. “Docking stations” that allow you to use the bikes for one-way trips, if desired – leaving it at your destination for other people to use. Sophisticated GPS tracking and locking systems that prevent theft, automated billing, and much more.

Montreal currently has 300 of these docking stations and 3,000 bikes in use.

If you explore the Bixi Website a bit, it seems as if they’ve thought this concept through quite well. Take a look at this google map they built, and you can see that no two Bixi Stations are more than “300 meters” apart (almost 1000 feet for us still on the imperial measurement system).

Judging by the area in use – Montreal has around 15 square miles covered by these Bixi bike stations… which would mean that according to their model, Hoboken would be able to get by with about 20 stations. But seeing that our two recent Bike Lanes were a “crowning achievement” for Hoboken, this may just be a bit too progressive for our city.

Would this work in Hoboken? What key areas besides the PATH station would be good locations?

(FYI – “Bixi” is a marriage of the words Bike and Taxi… Clever, eh?)

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26 Comments on "City Bike Sharing: Feasible for Hoboken?"

KzooHornet
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KzooHornet

I’m in London on business right now and saw everyone riding these bikes around but wasn’t sure what it was about. A colleague showed me how it works and it really is “brilliant” as the locals like to say. This is a guy who owns a lamborghini, aston martin, range rover (as well as others probably) and he rides this bike to work everyday.

Sadly, as successful as its been here though, they also question whether it could be successful in a place like metro nyc because of the vandalism and theft.

Very unfortunate that it might not work back home but I’m going to go hop on one of those bikes right now and test it out.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

the enforcement which gets its teeth from the code reduces the moral hazard. Does not provide a guarantee but believe me I would not steel a bike and risk my education and ruputation. The bike programs that I know of have another attachment like your job or education attached so the damages to yourself and reputation, should you decide to run off w the bike, are much greater than the cost of the bike.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

I think Stevens is the perfect sponsor for such a program. They could start a pilot w the student population. Stevens does have an honor code and their program could include items that would normally be part of a municipal ordinance. Stations at the campus and by the path would give adequate coverage for picking up/ dropping off a bike. Registration could be setup with campus registration.

greentea
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greentea

Hahaha! Oh wait, you were serious. Let me laugh even harder.

“I pledge my honor that I have abided by the Stevens Honor System” is nothing more than that annoying thing we had to write on our homeworks and exams every single time. If you think that the mere existence of an ‘honor code’ behooves the students to behave honorably, you’re more naive than a bunch of college kids.[quote comment=”196348″]I think Stevens is the perfect sponsor for such a program. They could start a pilot w the student population. Stevens does have an honor code and their program could include items that would normally be part of a municipal ordinance. Stations at the campus and by the path would give adequate coverage for picking up/ dropping off a bike. Registration could be setup with campus registration.[/quote]

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Students have and continue to be expelled for violation of the Honor Code. I was just looking at a case where the student sued for defamation of character and lost. The Honor code is enforced privately and upheld publicly. This nation is great for its checks and balances – when they work:). Unfortunately there are those who will disgrace there promises, office and even family. That’s a reflection on them/you personally not the system.[quote comment=”196373″]Hahaha! Oh wait, you were serious. Let me laugh even harder.“I pledge my honor that I have abided by the Stevens Honor System” is nothing more than that annoying thing we had to write on our homeworks and exams every single time. If you think that the mere existence of an ‘honor code’ behooves the students to behave honorably, you’re more naive than a bunch of college kids.

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greentea
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greentea

That’s only when they get caught. I get it – the concept behind the honor code is fine and noble, but counting on it as a guarantee against bike vandalism or theft is stupid. The violations you cite are a testament to that. The functionality of the punishment system is irrelevant to the necessity of its existence. All I’m saying is the honor system does nothing but provide a moral justification with which to enact punitive measures when students are caught cheating. Doesn’t mean your bike’s gonna be there because you believe in honor.[quote comment=”196377″]Students have and continue to be expelled for violation of the Honor Code. I was just looking at a case where the student sued for defamation of character and lost. The Honor code is enforced privately and upheld publicly. This nation is great for its checks and balances – when they work:). Unfortunately there are those who will disgrace there promises, office and even family. That’s a reflection on them/you personally not the system.

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Litteredboken
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Litteredboken

Didn’t our society once also have a moral code? Stevens is a good idea. Bypass the city altogther. [quote comment=”196348″]I think Stevens is the perfect sponsor for such a program. They could start a pilot w the student population. Stevens does have an honor code and their program could include items that would normally be part of a municipal ordinance. Stations at the campus and by the path would give adequate coverage for picking up/ dropping off a bike. Registration could be setup with campus registration.[/quote]

Litteredboken
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Litteredboken

Honor code, that is. [quote comment=”196355″]Didn’t our society once also have a moral code? Stevens is a good idea. Bypass the city altogther. [/quote]

animal_lover
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animal_lover

The first criteria is to have a town with low moral hazard…
a city bike ordinance on biking is usually a requirement before entering in discussions w vendors.

goldsoundz
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goldsoundz

If Hoboken got bikes I think it would only be a matter of time until these things start tearing up the skatepark.

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