Dublin, Denver…Dayton? Bike Share

Bcycle won’t be coming to Dayton this summer- but, it’s still in my plans for next year. Unfortunately, the people at Premier Health Care still think that it’s better to waste their money on advertising and naming rights to high school sports stadiums than to sponsor a bike share program that would benefit the entire community and make Dayton a hipper, cooler, healthier place to live. Maybe the good folks at Kettering Health Network will see the advantage to having bikes with their brand on it circling their competitors facilities?

The city of Dublin- as in Ireland, not the Columbus suburb, has put in a bike share system:

A free bicycle scheme in this rainy metropolis of narrow roads, potholes and, it has to be said, bicycle thieves, has been a spectacular triumph. Indeed Dublin City Council boasts that the program is “the most successful in the world by any measure.”

Despite predictions that the 450 specially-made bikes, available from 40 stations around the city, would quickly be stolen or tossed in the River Liffey by vandals, only two have been pilfered in the first six months of operation. These were quickly recovered, and none have been vandalized, according to council spokesman Paul Finan.

via Dublin Bicycles | Free Bikes | Bike To Work.

While naysayers point to the problems that the system in Paris had, there are many others that have had outstanding reception and are doing exactly what they are supposed to.

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  1. Melissa April 21, 2010 / 9:10 am
    I love the part that points out the bikes are incredibly ugly – and they also require a credit card to use, hence lack of vandalism/theft! LOL

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  2. Donald Phillips April 21, 2010 / 11:36 am

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  3. David Lauri April 21, 2010 / 12:01 pm
    Someone sounds as if he’ll be disappointed if David E doesn’t make an exception to his usual practice and actually ban him from posting comments to his website.

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  5. Ice Bandit April 24, 2010 / 3:01 pm
    Unfortunately, the people at Premier Health Care still think that it’s better to waste their money on advertising and naming rights to high school sports stadiums than to sponsor a bike share program that would benefit the entire community and make Dayton a hipper, cooler, healthier place to live. (David Esrati)
    This August, the Old Bandito is going to crash the annual convention of the American Psychiatric Association. There in San Diego, the Old Bandito is going to present his study of a new and alarming prognosis. The malady, which will known as “David Esrati Syndrome,” is defined as “a ongoing and persistant fixation and obsession with what other people earn, judgements of the wisdom of other people’s purchases, and an inordinate and disproportionate concern with how other people’s money is spent.”  What is striking about this disorder, the paper will declare, is the specificity of the patient’s outrage. Does the patient display displeasure if Sean Penn gets $17 large for a biopic of Hugo Chavez that lays a big box-office egg? Of course not. Or does the afflicted go postal when Jose Guillen signs for $20 mill but hits .225 with only 20 taters and 20 errors? No way, Jose. But let a board of directors of a large company with billions in assets and trillions in worldwide business hire a CEO at a rate commensurate with the responsibility, then the patient will literally go cross-eyed with rage. And should the afflicted have a blog, then the symptoms of this disorder will be a constant and reocurring theme. As for treatment, tried and true remedies such as appeal to reason seem ineffective.  Alas, for David Esrati Syndrome, there seems to be no cure……
     

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  6. Gene April 25, 2010 / 9:04 am
    Have to agree with IB. A-Rod makes like thirty mil a year for playing a game. Actors can command 20 mil a picture. So 3 or 8 or 19 mil, or even more, when you are the head of a real company (not just striking out) is not totally outrageous. And more to the point – it is none of our business what people make. Good for the ceo or A-Roid or bleeding heart doom and gloom actors. If you don’t like it, don’t invest with said company.

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  7. Ice Bandit April 25, 2010 / 10:40 am
    Unfortunately, the people at Premier Health Care still think that it’s better to waste their money on advertising and naming rights to high school sports stadiums than to sponsor a bike share program…(David Esrati)
    The Old Bandito could feel those creative juices flow as his Rollerblades caressed the biketrail between Vandalia and Huber. There, in the shadow of the magnificent Taylorsville Dam, the Old Bandito thought of the genius that was Arthur Ernest Morgan, and the chain of five dams Morgan engineered to keep us from having to do the backstroke down North Main Street.  But when it came to financing Morgan’s dream, our self-reliant and foreward thinking Miami Valley forebearers didn’t think of going to Uncle Sam for a project so parochial and localized. Instead, our loving ancestors held rallies and passed the hat to finance this conservancy project. Furthermore, when Morgan was president of Antioch College during a time of financial chaos, Morgan went to his friends known as the “Dayton Capitalists” to save this University. You, dear David, should steal a page from Morgan’s playbook. If this Bike program is indeed worth the effort, you should rally the considerable brain and muscle power of Esrati.com to hold bake sales, car washes, rallies or whatever to make your vision a reality. The Old Bandito, who thinks this plan in benevolent nonsense, would be willing to bake his famous banana cream pies for a bake sale or get wet washing cars some weekend. But the one thing Morgan would never do, dear David, is publicly diss a potential future benefactor because one of his appeals fell on deaf ears….

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