Bike Share

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amiller92
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Re: Bike Share

Postby amiller92 » April 3rd, 2019, 10:42 am

Nuts that there's no network of downtown bike lanes, though, right where bike share could most replace cars for short trips.

alexschief
Union Depot
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Re: Bike Share

Postby alexschief » April 3rd, 2019, 12:25 pm

EOst wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 8:55 am
alexschief wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 7:22 am
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Cleveland is the exception on bike projects in St. Paul, not the norm, and if you think that's the only bike lane fight that has happened you haven't been paying attention. The city has built or is in the process of building a dozen miles of new trails around the city, including high-quality protected bikeways on Wheelock Pkwy, Johnson Pkwy, Como Ave, and Plato Blvd. It has also added more than 20 miles of generally high-quality bike lanes since 2015, in the process removing more parking spaces than almost any other city in the country (including Minneapolis). The city today has its most bike-friendly mayor ever, with a high-ranking staff person making new and better bike infrastructure a priority, and a stable majority on the City Council that hasn't killed or watered down a bike lane project since the Bicycle Plan was passed. The city is studying how to do a short-term implementation of its downtown bikeway plan in the next few years. And for the first time, there is a dedicated pot of money to do proactive bicycle improvement projects, instead of piggybacking on street maintenance projects or seeking federal grants.

Is progress slow compared to Minneapolis? Sure. But Minneapolis has a budget that is more than $1 billion larger (almost 2.5x the size of St. Paul's!) and has a more robust street grid--making bike boulevards easy--and arterial streets that are 14-20 feet wider. Building bikeways in St. Paul is hard. That might not be easy to see from all the way in Philadelphia, but real progress is happening, and attitudes like this don't help.
I don't mean to belittle the work of activists like yourself. But it's only the truth that St. Paul is far, far, behind its neighbor. It is a tough place to bicycle, and that's one reason why Nice Ride has struggled there.

There are some good geographical excuses, like the hills (which really ought to suggest that Nice Rides' new eBikes would be welcome). There are some good economic-political excuses, like the tax base. But St. Paul also throws hundreds of thousands of dollars at a crumbling downtown parking ramp, and is diverting multiple millions of dollars to fix a highway ahead of schedule. Despite the political progress that has been made, the city is still putting its scarce resources overwhelmingly towards mass automobility. I don't mean to diminish the progress the city has made, but to point out that there is a long way to go, and that it is extremely frustrating to me that St. Paul refuses to learn lessons from its neighboring city.

John21
Union Depot
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Re: Bike Share

Postby John21 » April 17th, 2019, 7:56 am

Injuries Force Lyft to Hit the Brakes on Its E-Bike Ambitions
So it was a real disappointment late Sunday when the ride-hail company announced it would remove all of its electric bicycles—at least for the time being—due to reports of injury. “After a small number of reports and out of an abundance of caution, we are proactively pausing our electric bikes from service,” Lyft spokesperson Julie Wood said in a statement. Safety always comes first.” Since Sunday, a number of riders have told reporters that unexpectedly responsive front brakes, made by the Japanese cycling component manufacturer Shimano, had thrown them off the electric bicycles. One rider said he had broken his hip.

grrdanko
Nicollet Mall
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Re: Bike Share

Postby grrdanko » April 17th, 2019, 10:15 am

John21 wrote:
April 17th, 2019, 7:56 am
Injuries Force Lyft to Hit the Brakes on Its E-Bike Ambitions
So it was a real disappointment late Sunday when the ride-hail company announced it would remove all of its electric bicycles—at least for the time being—due to reports of injury. “After a small number of reports and out of an abundance of caution, we are proactively pausing our electric bikes from service,” Lyft spokesperson Julie Wood said in a statement. Safety always comes first.” Since Sunday, a number of riders have told reporters that unexpectedly responsive front brakes, made by the Japanese cycling component manufacturer Shimano, had thrown them off the electric bicycles. One rider said he had broken his hip.

This is really disappointing. I rode one of the new NicrRide E-bikes at the demo at the convention center a few weeks ago. These are going to be a game changer for bike share in the city. I guess I'll wait to sign up for the annual plan until this gets figured out.

John21
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Re: Bike Share

Postby John21 » April 17th, 2019, 4:06 pm

I hope the figure it out quickly. Rode an e-bike in San Diego last week and it was great.

John21
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Re: Bike Share

Postby John21 » May 15th, 2019, 11:23 am

I know the weather delayed their launch, but it sure seems like the dockless bikes are rolling out awfully slow.


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