I ran across this item in the blogsphere (Streetsblog NYC):
Deco Bikes Arrives in Miami: Miami Beach will début South Florida’s first bike-share system — Deco Bikes — tomorrow. Transit Miami reports the system will be launched with 500 bikes at 50 stations and later expanded to 1,000 bikes at 100 stations. Each station will hold 12 bikes and occupy two parking spaces.
“With the implementation of sharrows …, upcoming revised bicycle parking standards, and now the implementation of a city-wide bikeshare program, Miami Beach is making big strides to expand bicycle use around the city,” said Garcia. “If successful, other cities in the region like Miami and Coral Gables would be smart to look to Deco Bikes as a partner in creating a regional bike share network.”
Note the opening numbers: 500 bikes, 50 stations. Note that they do not use up piazza or sidewalk space, but replace car parking spaces.
Compare to Ottawa: 100 bikes, 10 stations.
The NCC is working to get bike sharing going. The City of Ottawa is not ready to be involved. Nor was it ready this year to actually implement the five priority links it identified last year. Or even one of them. It is delighted to spend $65 million on the freeway to nowhere — the AVTC.
I suggest we rename Watson’s bike share program Turtle Bikes because we are so slow to do anything in this study–study–study–pause–study–oops-no-money-left-to-do-anything city. Time to draw back into our shells and hide.