5 years later- Bike share to come to Dayton

March 31, 2009, I wrote a post “Pave more roads or free bikes? Stimulus for the future” talking about bringing bike share to Dayton:

The idea of the free bike isn’t new, and it’s not out of reach. It’s working in Paris, and it’s being rolled out in small communities across the country and a few big ones. To appease the old school thinkers in Dayton- remember, the Wright Brothers were bicycle builders first.

via Pave more roads or free bikes? Stimulus for the future.

Photo of poster announcing Bike Share coming to Dayton

5 years later- Bike share announced.

Up until then- talk of bicycling in Dayton was mostly revolving around our amazing bike path system and a mountain bike course as part of Five Rivers Metroparks. Andy Williamson was organizing the first bicycle summit- which was held in August ’09. I made arrangements for Bcycle to bring one of their prototype bikes and give a presentation. Most people looked at that 35-pound bike like an albatross. I saw beauty.

This isn’t a bike for sport riding- or for a daily commute- this is a “magic bike” that’s there anytime you need a bike. I started making the rounds explaining how the system works and what the advantage would be. I sat with Dr. Ervin and gave him a rundown. I made presentations at World Usability Day- and shared the idea with university presidents and anyone else who would listen.

I made a lot of posts too: http://esrati.com/category/bike-share-in-dayton-ohio/

Today at 10 a.m., Mike Ervin, Sandy Gudorf, Andy Williamson and Scott Murphy as well as Mark Donaghy of RTA all stood up at the 2nd Street Market and announced that next year, 6 years after my first post- that we’d see 22 bike stations with approximately 200 bikes hit the streets downtown. No vendor has yet been selected. There is a million dollars available from the Federal Highway Administration- and the City of Dayton is kicking in $250K according to Mayor “I never miss a photo opp” Whaley. RTA will manage the maintenance, operation and distribution of the bikes. Details on pricing aren’t available yet.

No word on the name of the system or if any major backers are buying naming rights. To me, this is a no-brainer sponsorship for one of our two health-care duopolies- but, who am I to suggest where you waste your millions in marketing dollars?

I once built an interactive map on Google Maps- and using a multi-site system- where there are distributed nodes- not continuous coverage- for places like the Dayton Mall/Austin Landing area, WSU/WPAFB/Fairfield Commons mall etc- I came up with a need for at least 100 stations and 1,500 bikes. 22 stations and 200 bikes is a start.

It’s a very good day for Dayton, with this announcement and the Flyers advancing to the Elite 8 to face Florida tomorrow night.

How racist is Dayton today?

An article about church leaders asking for bus service direct to the Dayton Mall and to the Fairfield Commons Mall brings out the absolute worst in our community:

A coalition of 18 churches wants the owner of the Dayton Mall and the Mall at Fairfield Commons to boost bus service to those retail centers.

“What we want is to have (bus) stops that are closer to the mall entrances, providing better accessibility for workers as well as elderly and handicapped riders,” the Rev. Earl Hudson, pastor of Harris Memorial CME Church, said. “This is a serious health and safety issue.”

via Churches want bus stops at 2 area malls.

Over 200 comments and counting- all of them racially charged.

Buses are the barrels that deliver the poison to our engines of economic development- instead of public transit for those who don’t believe in owning a car.

There are comments from “Archie Bunker” and all his friends. I’m afraid the DDN will blow it all away- so I’m going to save the vile sputum for posterity.

That our local leadership doesn’t respond to these crackers is an even more sorry state of affairs. There is no reason we should allow the racism- or the kind of behavior that these people rail against- in our community. It’s time to learn to live together. However, comments like these- make me think that maybe Dayton isn’t the kind of place I should live in.

(Please google- forgive me for adding this tripe to my site)

I only wonder how many of these comments would be posted if you had to post your real name and address.

From your neighbors in Dayton- g-d help us all…

The Dayton Mall used to have the bust stop close to the entrance but the rowdy behavior by many of the people at the bus stop created a safety risk for law-abiding patrons and the police. I personally witnessed numerous fights and drug use.Because of the thugs the mall became unsafe.Kudos! to Glimcher and Miami Twp. Police for cleaning up the mall & making it safe once again. Keep the bus stop where it is because the thugs are too lazy to walk an extra 500ft to prey on people.

Archie Bunker

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RTA won’t take advertiser’s money, while raising prices and cutting service

It’s time for heads to roll at RTA. While the board is being told that they have to cut routes and raise fairs, they aren’t being told that RTA chief Mark Donaghy fired his advertising sales person 3 years ago- and has failed to be able to figure out how to sell ads effectively since.

Advertising on the outside of buses is a way for private money to help subsidize the cost of running buses. It’s done in every major city across the country. In NYC it is one of the premium forms of outdoor advertising. In Dayton- I currently can’t buy an ad on a side of a bus because RTA is stuck in a contract with a company that failed to do the job that one woman handled for years.

Here is what Donaghy is suggesting from today’s Dayton Daily News:

Bus service cuts and fare increases were approved this morning, June 23, by Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority committees and will be sent to the full board for final action.

The finance/personnel and planning committees unanimously approved the changes recommended by Executive Director Mark Donaghy to resolve a projected $3.1 million 2009 deficit caused mostly by sharp declines in local sales tax revenues.

The full RTA board of trustees will vote July 7 on the proposal to raise adult bus fares 25 cents to $1.75, eliminate route 32 and reduce the frequency of service or the number of trips on several other routes. The changes would take effect in August.

The committees went along with Donaghy’s decision to not eliminate routes 65 and 66, which are two popular senior citizen bus routes, and late-night service that is used mostly by second- and third-shift workers.

The proposed fare increase would boost annual revenues by $1.25 million and the service cuts would save $3.2 million annually, Donaghy said.

via RTA committees vote to cut routes, hike fees.

No one is suggesting that running a bus company is easy, but, passing up on revenue that should be gravy, is an embarrassment.

It’s time for an investigation into why RTA can’t seem to get its ad sales program running, ASAP.