13 August 2010
Solving the full / empty docking stations problem
As I was cycling home up Baylis Road the other night, I was infuriated to see the cycle lane blocked again by this parked c...
Oh. Well, I suppose this one had a decent reason. Of course it's a hire bike shuttle car plus trailer, moving bikes from full docking stations to empty ones.
There's quite a bit of this going on at the moment, as shown by yesterday's post. Possibly lots more to come.
Which raised a sensational suggestion from one of my fellow Southwark Cyclists last night. How about rewarding people who cycle 'against the tide', helpfully?
For instance, if you cycle from a docking station which has (say) less than two free docking points to one which has less than two bikes, you get 25p credit put on your account - something like that.
It would not just help solve the problem of redistribution vehicles clogging the roads. It would also be a great job creation scheme for those with time on their hands, and help fill the streets with cyclists, which as we all know makes it all safer.
I think we should start a campaign.