Meant the below note to go just to Kyle, sorry bout that.
So I'll take this opportunity to ask a question of the list:
We've tried many different checkout/rental/share programs, such as:
free roaming bikes, free with deposit, $1/day rental
We'd like to go bigger, with a large fleet, to meet the huge demand, yet not necessarily follow the models of the bigger cities with smartphones and credit cards.
If anyone has a favorite, library like checkout system that can work for a city of 100,000, please send info. Thanks.
Bob Giordano wrote: Hello Kyle,
Free Cycles Missoula is very interested in these cycles. We are ready to launch a community bike share program and we were planning to go the grant/foundation route to set up a fleet of 400 bikes. We bought our 28k building and 2 acre property last year and can now expand/grow programs.
Thanks and let me know a next step. We'd obviously have to work out shipping.. we do have some contacts in the trucking and rail industry
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Kyle Wagenschutz wrote: Hey folks,
Recently, I received a request from a bike rental operator located in the panhandle of Florida looking for a new home each year for their used bicycle fleet. It was described to me that about 700 bikes are available for free on an annual basis - the owner only wants the bikes to be picked up from their location. As described to me, the bikes are in working condition and have about one season of rental wear and tear on them. Currently, the owner is taking the bikes to the scrapyard as they are replaced.
If anyone has any interest, please feel free to send me a note and I’ll connect you directly with the owner of the bike tour company.
Kyle Wagenschutz Director of Local Innovation
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