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CityCycle takes shape and a bit of Paris comes to Brisbane

All across Brisbane, posts are appearing on reclaimed car parks.
Brisbane’s CityCycle bicycle hire scheme, modeled on Paris’ Vélib’ hasn’t launched yet, but is slowly taking shape at locations all across the city. An opening date hasn’t been set, but this blog waits in earnest.

Bikes Belong presents Velib Paris HD from Bikes Belong on Vimeo.

Short trips seem to be ideal for the Cycle hire scheme. The pricing scheme reflects this- the longer you use it, the more expensive it becomes. However, one can change bicycles to keep the costs down, or even ride free.

General cyclists who already own a bicycle shouldn’t be forgotten about though.  Free general bicycle racks for people who already have their own bicycles and locks next to every CityCycle station would be very welcome. Copenhagen bike lanes or some form of physical separation between bicycles and cars on streets (for example, on busy Montague Road) would also make it more safe for all users.

Safe crossings for pedestrians coming from the farmers’ markets would help. At the moment they have to cross two lanes of parked cars and two lanes of car chaos. To top it off, the CityGlider does not stop outside Davies Park, and the normal buses terminate at Saturday noon with zero services on a Sunday. Your correspondent observed seven confused tourists staring at the timetable and wondering why there was no buses (hint to tourists: walk a bit further!). On the opposite side, grocery-laden others waiting at the Davies Park bus stop were equally confused as to why the CityGlider buses simply glided past them. If only they knew.

A docking bay for Brisbane's CityCycle hire bike scheme takes shape. Davies Park, West End.


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June 12, 2010 at 8:40 pm

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