If Seattle’s bike-share scheme with costs estimated at about $2 million per year is any indicator of what the future offers in Boise, peddling public bikes will hit taxpayers in their cushioned seats.
Reporter Brier Dudley posted a well researched piece in the SEATTLE TIMES which offers a breakdown of per mile bike costs came out to about $13 per ride. He paints an alarming picture of insider trading and private vendors making cozy with local officials to secure long term contracts.
We need to create some oversight of the Boise system which seems to come under the purview of Valley Ride, the bus operator.
The GUARDIAN has talked with a PhD candidate in Dublin, Ireland who is working on a worldwide survey of bike share schemes including Paris, Copenhagen, London, and of course BOISE. He told us the majority of the schemes are based on a model of a private vendor securing financing and exclusive deals with municipalities.
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