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Sobi – Social Bicycle System

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Social Bicycles is a new bike-share system design created by Ryan Rzepecki. “SoBi” is a transport system which uses wireless technology as access to the bicycles. The product is attached on a bicycle where security and authorization of use is integrated in the unit. A test run for the lock box will be done in New York City this fall.

Unlike existing bike share programs in Europe and in some cities in the U.S., there will be no need for a bike rack. A user can register online and download a software application for his mobile phone to facilitate the use of the bicycle. A central server tracks the bike, verifies the account information of the user and authorizes the transaction.

The current bike share programs budget about $3000 to $4000 per bike. With the SoBi, the projected start up cost would be around $1000 per bike. SoBi can be attached…

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Melbourne Bike Share Program

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melbourne bike share program 300x225   Melbourne Bike Share ProgramThe public bike hire project has been successfully implemented in Melbourne, Australia. The Melbourne Bike Share scheme offers public transportation via bicycle at a cost of $2.50 per day. Should you require it for a week, it will be $8. As per Tim Pallas, roads minister, the project only offers the bike and with Victoria’s state helmet laws, civic leaders are faced with the challenge of providing the helmets.

Potential customers of the project should bring their own helmets or the option to join the bike hire scheme to get a free helmet. Regular users of the bikes for hire will be given a keycard for a $50 annual fee. Hotels and shops are also offering free or affordable helmets for rent or purchase.

The first 30 minutes of the bike ride is free. The penalty for unreturned bikes is $500. the bicycles can be adjusted on the height of the seat….

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