The city was going to bring in a bikeshare program, and have a station in Pigtown. And others around Baltimore. My first thought? AWESOME!! Want it!
- City sets up to do Bikeshare program - "Baltimore Gets Ready For Smart Bikes" (Baltimore Brew)
- Then, they changed their minds... - "City Puts Brakes On Bikeshare Program Citing Costs" (Baltimore Brew)
- But did we really want it anyway, because there might be a better way - "Two Wheels Good" (City Paper)
From "Two Wheels Good":
“There’s a dude, calls himself ‘Ten Speed,’ that comes in all the time for old tires/tubes/etc.,” says Boson Au, a longtime Velocipede collective member, via instant message. “I finally asked him what he does with them. He fixes neighborhood kids/adult bikes. I mean, that guy, [the block he lives on] is so off the radar of bike shops.” As for the idea of a co-op like Velocipede in West Baltimore, Au adds, ”We need it, desperately. Not just West Baltimore. Highlandtown/Fells is another underserved area. We’d be [the shop’s] number one supporter. If someone wants to start another co-op, just ask us, we can give them starting stock.”
Update: Bikeshare coming in Spring/Fall 2012