Bike share…

I can’t believe that governments are allowing and even encouraging use of these for transportation, without regard to local communities and the damages they suffer. Problems include:

  • parking in inappropriate places
  • parking for free with no regard for other people’s use of the public domain
  • blocking pedestrian right-of-way
  • terrorizing pedestrians on the sidewalk
  • leaving them in yards where they are an unsightly mess
  • abandoning them to collect dust and spider webs
  • they routinely get vandalized and stolen
  • lazy people use them for ridiculously short trips
  • there are far, far more of them than can be justified by the number of users
  • the environmental impacts of production and end-of-life cycle are being ignored
  • huge corporations with deep pockets, particularly from the Far East, are largely responsible for this mess
  • they are completely out of reach for many low-income people
  • a clear sign of rich people invading historic neighborhoods – gentrification!

No, no bike share, cars!

Yes, snark. These are all criticisms that that being routinely made of bike share systems, with no apparent sense of irony.

Author: Dan Allison

Dan Allison is a Safe Routes to School Coordinator in the Sacramento area. Dan dances and backpacks, as much as possible.

One thought on “Bike share…”

  1. Another common complaint: bikes, bike racks, and bike docks detract from the character of historic districts. As though cars and parking signs and parking meters don’t?

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