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    Downtown Des Moines Bikes

    You think this will work?

    Des Moines Bikes | Des Moines Bike Sharing Program | B-Cycle | bcycle.com


    I've seen these in Europe and they seem to be semi popular there but I just don't know about Des Moines. I guess I could see them working next to grays lake or someone riding on the bike trail but I'm struggling with other scenarios.

    Thoughts?

    I hope it does work.



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    Re: Downtown Des Moines Bikes

    Doubtful. I'd think most people who'd ride - would already have a bike.

    Your Gray's Lake scenario makes sense. I think otherwise it would only make sense for tourist type location - which I don't think DSM is.

    Another good spot might be Saylorville. Or maybe around Drake for the students.

    $50 annually doesn't seem too bad. Just not sure of the use.

    Edit: Appears that they just lock in the front tire. Not otherwise secured or protected? Wonder how long before vandals have their way?

    Hold on.. $50 only gets you an hour per? $1.25 for every 30 min over? I'm trying to figure how, if you get the first hour free (23 hours left, 46 30 minute frames) you ever get to the "Max per day" of $65 (1.25 x 46 = $57.50) Even if you carry it over to a second day... you can only rack up $60. (right?)


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    Re: Downtown Des Moines Bikes

    Make sure you lock the thing up. $1,000 to replace one.



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    Re: Downtown Des Moines Bikes

    works well here.


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    Re: Downtown Des Moines Bikes

    Quote Originally Posted by thatguy View Post
    works well here.
    Who uses it though? I can see an apt dweller for a quick run to the store, or a visitor strolling about town. Don't see much of that here.

    As DMClone just pointed out, I'd be scared as hell about losing one. That becomes pricey real fast



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    Re: Downtown Des Moines Bikes

    A similar system in Minneapolis kicked off this spring and seems to be working pretty well. There are some differences, though.

    There are about 15 times the stations as the Des Moines plan in just the initial phase and they are already working on expanding. There are also about 1,000 bikes in the system. If there are not stations where people want to start and where they want to go, you won't get any subscribers.

    They charge you after 30 minutes rather than an hour. As stations get more far-flung, I think they need to change it to the Des Moines model of an hour free.

    An annual membership is $60 + tax rather than $50.

    Here is the website for the Minneapolis bike share program:

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    Re: Downtown Des Moines Bikes

    I think they should do something like this but have mopeds instead or electric motorcycles.



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    Re: Downtown Des Moines Bikes

    Cool. I wouldn't use it but cool concept. Niche market for a select few.

    So what happens if you get to your destination B Station and all slots are full?


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    Re: Downtown Des Moines Bikes

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    Cool. I wouldn't use it but cool concept. Niche market for a select few.

    So what happens if you get to your destination B Station and all slots are full?
    Just throw the bike in the river.

    Seriously, up here you can scan your membership card and get more time to take it to an open location. That's great when there are stations every few blocks, but when there are only 4 stations it will be a big deal.


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    Re: Downtown Des Moines Bikes

    I think it would work great in Omaha. There are lots of hipsters and what not who live downtown that would use this a lot if there were enough stations.



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    Re: Downtown Des Moines Bikes

    I actually talked with the gentleman heading this campaign in Des Moines on Monday. Two things: First the study found that people will walk about 4 blocks to the nearest station, so in reality there should be more stations around the Des Moines area, but....this is largely based on sponsors, and the so the locations are more stragically place because of these sponsors.

    If you like the idea of B-Cycle there are two things you can do. 1. Get a membership and take advantage of the program. It will only grow based on demand and interest. 2. Hit up your company to help sponsor the program. This again will help expand the program and may even land you a hub near your companies location.

    At this time this is more feasible as a recreational endeavor, but if able to expand can actually take place of not only some cars on the road, but buses too.

    DART is a great program for the sub-urban communities, so check out their routes as well and see if they can accommodate your needs.


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    Re: Downtown Des Moines Bikes

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Who uses it though? I can see an apt dweller for a quick run to the store, or a visitor strolling about town. Don't see much of that here.

    As DMClone just pointed out, I'd be scared as hell about losing one. That becomes pricey real fast
    pretty much everyone uses them. As is most people around here walk everywhere, so instead of walking jump on a B-Cycle and get there quicker. Or in the case of having to drive somewhere, find a spot, pay for parking etc. it is easier to just jump on the B-Cycle.
    I take em to Rox games all the time.


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    Re: Downtown Des Moines Bikes

    Do you have to have a card to ride one? I believe the ones in Paris just required you to swipe your credit card but I could be wrong.



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    Re: Downtown Des Moines Bikes

    Quote Originally Posted by guitarchitect7 View Post
    I actually talked with the gentleman heading this campaign in Des Moines on Monday. Two things: First the study found that people will walk about 4 blocks to the nearest station, so in reality there should be more stations around the Des Moines area, but....this is largely based on sponsors, and the so the locations are more stragically place because of these sponsors.

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    At this time this is more feasible as a recreational endeavor, but if able to expand can actually take place of not only some cars on the road, but buses too.

    DART is a great program for the sub-urban communities, so check out their routes as well and see if they can accommodate your needs.
    Boy, I don't know if I could disagree with this more buddy.

    There's ONE, non-express route in the western suburbs?

    I've tried to use the bus, both in my job now in Urbandale and when I worked down by Terrace Hill. Unless you work downtown - there isn't a whole lot for you, IMO.



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    Re: Downtown Des Moines Bikes

    If they were smart they would put a couple of these right outside some big businesses downtown. I could see people wanting to bike down to court ave. for lunch.



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