A New Way to Look at Public Transportation

When we think of public transportation, images of crowded buses and cramped subways come to mind. And even though the public transit systems are better for the environment than everyone driving, they still produce emissions. However, a new design may change the way we look at transportation available to everyone.

The system uses a rack of aluminum framed bicycles that are docked at a solar powered station. Whenever you need a bike, you can either pay with cash or a credit card and take the bike. A radio frequency identification unit is installed on each bike so if anyone decides to keep it as a souviner, it can be tracked and returned. As an added bonus, if you need to go across town to work and then back again at the end of the day, the bikes can be returned to any available docking station.

The design came from Montreal and they plan on putting the system into use as soon as possible. 

Personally, I think some of the major cities in the US could benefit from such a device as well. Any thoughts or opinions?

HatTip : Engadget

Jun 24, 2008
by Anonymous

nothing new

this already exist in europe (spain) and most famously in Paris. it is called the VELIB and his a huge success, given how much traffic there is over there. it's been implemented more than 2 years ago already and tested in other major french cities prior that, like Lyon.
On the downside, even though special paths have been drawn in most streets, there seems to have an increase of bike-vs-car accident since its implementation.
i don't think it would work in USA, where distances are totally different and it's pretty common to drive 30-40 miles to drive to work. maybe in manhatan or san francisco (weather permitting), but cities like los angeles or miami are not a place where it'd work, and it's no surprise public transportation don't work there either.

Jun 24, 2008
by Anonymous

Distance is problem for all

unfortunately, distance is also the problem for all public transit. It's too hard to have buses, rails to cover the area size as big as Tokyo city but only has only 2 million people live in. I mean, if you wan the same coverage, the build cost is roughly the same, but only serves 1/6 population.

I think light weight vehicle still a way to go, just need them to be travel at least twice as fast as these bicycle, maybe average speed 40mph. Maybe a electrical motorcycle/bicycle will do.

Jun 25, 2008
by Anonymous

Also in the Netherlands

Also in the Netherlands (where else) this concept is nothing new. You can subscribe yourself to a service at respectively low costs, with which you can hire a bicycle on almost any railwaystation. It's a take-away and go just right out of the train! Although the bikes are in good state, they're not as high-tech looking as in the picture above.