B-Cycle: GPS-equipped Bike Sharing System
by Mark R
B-cycle is a very interesting bike sharing system that is projected to debut in Denver.
B-cycle is a very simple concept. Let’s say you are walking through the city, and you want to get to where you are going faster. Instead of taking the bus or subway, you can just go to the nearest B-cycle station, grab a bike, and pedal where you want to go. Of course, there must be a B-cycle station close to where you are going, so you can drop it off.
B-cycle bikes have a GPS unit built inside of them, so they won’t be stolen without them being tracked down. In other words, no bicycle is left behind. That’s cliche, I know, but the internal GPS unit allows the user to check the bike out online when signed in.
The B-cycle program is by Trek, and it costs about $5 a day or $65 a year. There are also hourly usage fees, so I suppose it is pretty reasonably priced.
Then again, I haven’t tried out this service yet. However, I sure want to. It sounds like the best way of getting around a big city on two wheels without worrying about whether or not your bike gets stolen.