I love bikes and promote their use to a point that drives my friends crazy. This doesn’t stop me from pointing out that not all bike-friendly government policies are created equal. My own city of Minneapolis is in the process of blowing an amazing amount of cash on a hugely bad idea.
Bike sharing is moronic to the point of causing involuntary seizures amongst the logical. I challenge anybody who isn’t a card carrying socialist to spell out a single redeming aspect of this plan. One of the great things about bikes is that they are cheap. A used bike is less than $50. Many bikes can be had for free and fixed up with a bit of elbow grease. Why does the government need to step in and provide a service that is easily attainable for anybody with a pulse? The system they’re proposing requires a credit card to use. Guess what? If you can qualify for a credit card you can probably already afford a bike. THIS SYSTEM DOES NOT NEED TO EXIST.
If bike access is a problem it would be cheaper to give out free bikes than build and support a bike share program. If you’re from Minneapolis write to our mayor and tell him that you oppose the bike sharing program as a biker. This kind of egregious government waste only makes it harder to sell valid and needed programs related to bicycle infrastructure. Stop wasting our money on “feel good” programs that accomplish nothing. If you need to feel morally superior go and slap a “Free Tibet” sticker on your car. While it won’t accomplish anything (just like the bike share program) at least you’re not wasting money in the process other than your own.