Friday, January 31, 2014

KANSAS CITY BIKE SHARE ROLLING TOWARD CITY HALL SUBSIDY?!?!



Generally, we think the d-bags @ B-Cycle are doing a good job and their rent-a-bikes are a nice idea that give local cyclists another option for dodging cars.

Still . . . Today the Show-Me blog hopes that cyclists will stay off the taxpayer dime: Keep Bike Shares Self-Supporting

Deets on the real world challenges facing this program:

"All is not well for bike sharing programs. Public Bike System Co., which operates many bike share systems in the U.S., recently went bankrupt. The problem for many bike share programs is that rental fees from users do not cover operating costs, meaning sponsors need to cover part of the operating expenses and all the capital investment of the services. Sponsor support can be transient, and as bike shares expand to include less profitable stations, bike share services quickly lose solvency. Enter the urban transit boosters (such as the National League of Cities), who claim dubiously large congestion and livability benefits from bike share programs. They support city and state funding for, and capital investment in, bike share programs."

While the B-Cycles are appreciated and enjoy great traffic . . . KCMO simply doesn't have the cash for another dubious tourist attraction so we hope they step up their endorsement and sponsor pitch given their aggressive expansion plans that will take the bikes out of downtown and into neighborhoods across Midtown.

Developing . . .

11 Comments:

Anonymous said...

See previous comments on P&L District. If it can't pay for itself without subsidies, let it die, as the free market system dictates. If it was really a good idea, then someone else will take their place.

Anonymous said...

Jase Wilson and Neighbor.ly are the problem. Read their policy. Public crowd sourcing has no accountability and Neighbor.ly is getting rich off not funding projects. They are misleading and fraudulent.

Anonymous said...

Ha, you think BIKE SHARE is a failure, wait till that fucking train starts running

Anonymous said...

nothing to do with the streetcar, you fucking dolt.

ALL, as in 100% of public transit is government subsidized.

So is private transit.

Want to se an economic failure:

Drive I- 435

Anonymous said...

In KCMO. Earnings tax and shitty city services. 435 in KS is doing just fine.

Anonymous said...

They kicked a big tittie middle age momma out of the public pool in Independence and she traded in for a beach comber in Hawaii.

Anonymous said...

Now we know why the B-Cycle folks came out and fully supported the trolley. Streetcars and bicycles do not mix well. So Sly is using our tax dollars to buy the support of these bike folks.

Anonymous said...

8:38pm - despicable, but not surprising.

Anonymous said...

435 in Kansas is a subsuidized disaster of blight you fuckng retard.

Anonymous said...

Blight is wornall in waldo. Blight is troost anywhere. Blight is 31st street. Blight is independence ave. I'd call you aretard but that'd be offensive to retards

Anonymous said...

Id support giving some of the bus money to these guys. Itd make those fatasses that dominate the bus to lose some weight