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Distributed Bike Park+Share Systems

It has been some time since my last blog entry. Having sort of hit some shifting sands, in the course of my work on the high-density bike park+share system that will safely stack and store up to 400 bikes, in the form of lack of financial wherewithal, I have looked at a solution for a small distributed bike park+share system that would have a floor area of 12 sqm.

Staying true to the concept of a combined bike park+share, the automated system would store around 10 bikes with controlled access. The solution is reliable, tested, flexible, overground, easily accessible and whose investment, calculations show, can be amortized in less than 4 years. In certain constellations with additional facilities and income sources the investment can be amortized well within 2 years. The need for additional services has been reflected in online surveys conducted in Switzerland and worldwide.

Market research shows no comparable solution is available today, so this could well be a problem solver that finds a market.

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Bike Theft Insurance

Bike gone; Photo: Bogdix; Creative Commons licenseInsurance firms appear not to have latched on to the impact of safe and secure bike parking on theft and vandalism of bikes.
In the case of cars and other motorized vehicles, insurance premiums vary depending on where vehicles are parked, be they in garages or out in the open.
In the case of bicycles however, there has been no encouragement and/or premium plans that factor in this aspect. Insurance firms would profit from such differentiation, just as bike owners would reduce insurance premiums, if they were to use safe and secure bike parking facilities.

 

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Project Idea

Bike towel drying method

Here’s a little more information about the idea and project:
Driven by the experience and the risk of losing and/or having a damaged bike, besides the added risk of a wet saddle and rusting. I came up with a solution that would cater to those who are already bikers or may want to become one. Offering seamless inter-modal transport enabling one to switch modes with some flexibility.

    1 – You’ve registered and got ID for your bike and yourself.
    2 – You’re taking a trip that involves bike > subway/train > bike
    3 – You decide to use your own bike for the first leg and reserve a bike for the last leg.
    4 – You bring your bike to the facility; Carry on with your journey
    Pickup the reserved bike and go on to the final destination

There are quite a few bike sharing solutions out there, but very few offer the combination of using one’s own or renting a bike. Many bikers appear to want such a combination.

You are never too young or too old to ride a bike. Keep moving, keep healthy.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2009 in Environment, Mobility, Transport

 

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Bike Parking

Blue bike

When cars were first a plenty and parking space was limited, we provided for extra parking space in the open or in buildings. It was the luxury of having those four wheels tucked away safe and secure. And what do bicyclists find? Something that is an apology for secure parking. Bicyclists the world over have to cope with quite a few hurdles, some of them life threatening, but the final hurdle of securely parking the bike is sheer insurmountable. So what gives? Solutions are a plenty with bike racks and lockers of various hues, many of them are practical and quite useful. The bike however, just like the bicyclist, cannot be parked in the open and requires a shelter, especially over a longer period of time. A shelter from the elements and nasty elements, with the former just playing elementary nature whims and the latter hell bent on either creating painful damage or playing Houdini with one’s alter ego. Has our ingenuity for finding solutions reached a dead end or have we just not set our priorities right? Or even worse, a solution that no one is willing to pay for. Car parking is not free any more, at least not in metropolitan cities. Is the biking community willing to pay for parking, just as they are for their super duper carbon fibre, makes you tea or coffee multiple-gear contraptions that keep them healthy and are balm to the environment?

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2009 in Environment, Mobility, Transport

 

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