Comments on: Bikeshare pricing charts of the day http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/05/15/bikeshare-pricing-charts-of-the-day/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: traducator daneza romana http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/05/15/bikeshare-pricing-charts-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-53493 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:56:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=14088#comment-53493 layout to get people’s focus,with fair price and original package deal! thanks for visiting store shopping along with us! less costly Longchamp Eiffel Tower Hand bags outlet may be worth you buying!

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By: bikesxpress http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/05/15/bikeshare-pricing-charts-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-40039 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 22:47:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=14088#comment-40039 I believe the pricing is fair, it’s cheaper then most cab fairs and putting gas in your car put together. Plus look at the bright side you get to work out more which means your spouse will love you more as your body starts looking great. Me, myself I love bikes, I purchased a bike from http://www.bikesxpress.com and now I can ride all the time. I love it!

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By: LittleMac http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/05/15/bikeshare-pricing-charts-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-39217 Fri, 18 May 2012 16:33:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=14088#comment-39217 As a DC user of Bikeshare, I gotta say the pricing is fine. I pay $75 for a year and that is all–all my trips are under the time limit. While I own no bikes, my cyclist roommate owns three but still uses Bikeshare often because you can go one way, you can easily combine with other forms of public transportation, and you don’t have to worry about storing your bike and worrying about theft.

I’ll also add that, while I wouldn’t say no to more public subsidy, that $75 gets a lot. A wide network of stations and bikes. Maintenance on those bikes so they remain in good shape. Crews to re-balance bikes from full stations to empty stations. My $75 doesn’t come close to covering what I get, which is why the public subsidy is important as is the cost to tourists.

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By: MatNYC http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/05/15/bikeshare-pricing-charts-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-39110 Wed, 16 May 2012 18:33:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=14088#comment-39110 I think it’s still cheap! I’ll take the yearly subscription and won’t need to take the subway anymore to go to work (except when it rains). So if I compare monthly metrocard and bikeshare, it’s a sweet deal.

My only worry is the execution: will they have the resources to properly allocate bikes so that they can handle rush hour… It took some time in Paris to calibrate. In that sense, it’s good if the pricing scheme is expensive to tourists and occasional bikes.

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By: Heoore http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/05/15/bikeshare-pricing-charts-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-39105 Wed, 16 May 2012 17:28:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=14088#comment-39105 Agree with walking here. A key point you only touch on in this article is how the value of your membership relates to the system size. I think after Paris and Hangzhou (China), NYC will have have the 3rd largest system in the world. More bikes and more stations means it’s more useful – a justification for higher cost. You are comparing the membership price to bike share systems 1/40th of the size. Rome has a paltry 200 bikes at 19 stations. No wonder it’s cheap – it doesn’t get you very much. Frankfurt has just 300 bikes at 30 stations. Toronto has 1,000 bikes/80 stations. Mexico City has 1,200 bikes/90 stations. Washington, D.C. has 1,200 bikes/140 stations.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bic ycle_sharing_systems

New York will have 10,000 bikes at 600 stations! It’s a whole other league of service. You can ride further, go more places, reach more people and more destinations. You should be comparing it with London and Paris, yes, but also Hangzou, and maybe Barcelona and Montreal as well, but even those systems are only half as big. Throw in the 45 free minutes instead of the standard 30 minutes and I think you are still talking about a great price in NYC, again especially considering it’s a totally unsubsidized system.

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By: Walking http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/05/15/bikeshare-pricing-charts-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-39101 Wed, 16 May 2012 17:05:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=14088#comment-39101 I’m not sure you can compare New York to Toronto and Rome in any meaningful way. Annual memberships in Toronto and New York both cost $95, but Toronto has about 1,000 bikes to New York’s 10,000. Yes, New Yorkers will pay seven times what Romans pay, but they have access to 50 times the number of bikes, 10,000 versus 200.

Boston’s annual membership is $10 cheaper than New York’s, but Boston closes down for the winter. Chicago’s B-Cycle has just six stations and costs $55 for three months!

Are New Yorkers really “being asked to spend much more money per year than bikeshare users in just about any other major city”? Only if you look at bike share through a very narrow lens.

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By: HamTech87 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/05/15/bikeshare-pricing-charts-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-39099 Wed, 16 May 2012 16:13:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=14088#comment-39099 Hard to remember a cab ride that didn’t cost $10 when tip was included.

My only wish was that the upper east side was included in the initial roll-out. This neighborhood is far from the Lexington Avenue subway, and could really use a transportation system like BikeShare.

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By: BenfromBedStuy http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/05/15/bikeshare-pricing-charts-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-39090 Wed, 16 May 2012 15:00:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=14088#comment-39090 Your comparison is still off because the NYC system has NO FINANCIAL SUBSIDY from city funds. Every other bike share system in the world has been partially subsidized by city funds.
Also, your example of “the first ride is $10″ is flat-out wrong. Your first ride, 1-44 minutes long, is FREE with your membership. Members become accustomed to planning their routes to be short and direct. The bike share system is designed for such short trips, keeping bikes in circulation.
Like another commenter, I am an avid cyclist and I will be purchasing an annual membership for myself and my wife on day one. We both own bikes, but having access to bike share will give us a new way to get around near our homes and places of work.
But, despite all of this discussion, you don’t like the pricing structure, you don’t need to sign up! My guess is that there will be at least 1,000 annual members within the first 24 hours of the launch, and probably ten times that amount within the first week or two.

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By: qrt145 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/05/15/bikeshare-pricing-charts-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-39082 Wed, 16 May 2012 13:31:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=14088#comment-39082 I agree that NYC’s bikeshare is just about the most expensive in the world, but I’ll give the pricing scheme the benefit of the doubt until we’ve seen the system live for some time. Perhaps the people launching the bikeshare predicted, in their infinite wisdom, that the initial demand would be overwhelming if the prices were any lower, leading to customer dissatisfaction. ;-) Ideally, the system should be very popular, but not so popular that it becomes nearly impossible to find a bike or a dock.

Of course, if it’s “too popular”, I hope they’ll expand it accordingly!

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By: JacobMatthew http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/05/15/bikeshare-pricing-charts-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-39081 Wed, 16 May 2012 12:53:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=14088#comment-39081 “The first trip you take, on one of the new New York bikes, will cost you at least $10, and possibly as much as $95. Cab rides don’t cost much more than that, and you can fit four people in a cab.”

While I think your argument is more nuanced, (Yes, NYC’s programs is one of the more expensive ones in the world), I still think you don’t quite get it, based on the above quote. I can tell you from experience that most cab rides EASILY cost more than $10, and you don’t always have three friends waiting to share a ride with you, and most people make more than one trip per day. If you do have three friends, and that’s the only trip you’re making that day, then obviously the taxi makes more sense. Everyone looking to save a buck would choose taxi in that case.

However, there are many many instances, where bikeshare is the obvious choice in terms of convenience AND price, despite the relatives high fees. I was going to start listing off a bunch of couter examples, but there are so many instances where this is the case that it’s not really worth it. The fact that you need to hypothesize very specific situations where bikeshare is not the best option kind of proves the opposite point: that it is usually a really good option. That is the point of the system: adding another option for NYC transportation. Sure it’s on the high-end compared to other cities, but for $95/year, or even $10/day, the benefits to me (and you) are easily worth the price, and I think many many others will feel the same way.

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