Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Five-Thousand-Euro Bicycles

Bike sharing station, piazza Cavour, Livorno
The Municipality has just spent 127.000 Euro for four bike sharing stations and a total of 24 bicycles: it is not too difficult to calculate their cost at 5.290 Euro each. Let us hope that these bikes will not be stolen or damaged beyond repair in a short time...

See also: Waste of Money - Bike Sharing - A Diabolical Endeavour

16 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

Wow. My bike costed me 800 Euro. And for that money you could buy a electric bike today.

Robert Geiss said...

oh !

Wonderful though where alike is possible, and happening.

Luis Gomez said...

Bike sharing has work wonderfully in here. Hopefully it will for you as well.

Jack said...

This idea is great. I hope it is a big success and that the bad guys in your town will decide that bike theft is neither cool nor rewarding.

Randy said...

Those are a great idea. All cities should have these.

tapirgal said...

Am I missing something? While a bike share is a wonderful idea, how can the cost be so high for a bike that will be used by anyone and is left to the elements and the vandals? I think I paid 1/19th of that amount for my hybrid and it's a GREAT BIKE! (Still reading and redoing the math in case I missed something.) I suppose the station is part of the cost....

cieldequimper said...

So now you have your Vélibs too. I don't know what the vandalism rate is in Paris but they are a huge success...

Andy said...

This is something that is also catching on in Canada.

Dina said...

Seems like a lot of money. I hope the right people use and enjoy the bikes.
In Tel Aviv it works well.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Nice line up VP..and expensive!!

Paul B said...

Stefan hit the nail on this as you rightly point out, wow those are expensive bikes. But that said its a great idea and good for everyone too.

JM said...

It's a great idea but I would have the same thought you had in your last sentence.

Gunn said...

One day, I will rent one and give it a try:)

RedPat said...

Bike-sharing has worked really well here in Toronto and it seems that after the cost of setting up the system it gets a lot cheaper to add more bikes.

Halcyon said...

In times of austerity, this seems a little extravagant.

Traveling Hawk said...

I met the concept even in Seoul! It may be applied in highly civilized countries.