Chicago B-Cycle Launches in the Loop
By aaroncynic in Miscellaneous on Jul 30, 2010 7:30PM
Josh Squire, founder of Bike and Roll, the company managing the Chicago B-Cycle, says the rentals are really for quick trips. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Squire said “Let's say you work at 541 N. Fairbanks and want to do an errand at City Hall. You take a bike to Daley Plaza, leave it there. Somebody else might take that bike and go to the John Hancock to eat lunch. A resident at the Hancock might take it to the museum.”
While having access to a bicycle for a fast errand in the loop is nice and hopefully will encourage cycling all around, we’re still wondering how well this “experiment” will work. Right now, Chicago B-Cycle only has 100 bikes to rent and with the location relatively small, it’s very possible it could end up as merely a tourist attraction. Here's hoping the program isn't plagued by the same theft issues that plagued the company in Paris.