Sorry for the silence, GGR's; I was on the road again. (Still recuperating from jet lag - ugh!)
The hotel with the loaner bikes is the Q Center in St. Charles, IL, USA. They got a very positive review from this guest!
I love our city bike program. The subscription is cheap for me (a special deal my employer negotiated as a perk, to encourage staff to bus to work and bike around if they have daily errands). So when I can't bike to work, I can take the bus, and if I need to get from one part of town to another, I can ride. The bikes are maintained well, and I've never had a problem picking up a bike from one of the stations (I've heard that can be a problem, but I've never had one). The biggest challenge is the 30 minute rule - the bike share is for short trips only, so the idea is that you ride from station A to station B, check the bike in, do your shopping/errand, then check a new bike out at B and ride back to A. So far, it's working well, and stations are popping up everywhere. I know folks who don't bother to own/maintain their own bikes because they can use the citibikes. And the program sponsors weekend challenges - daring people to circumnavigate the city via citibike (short trips from station to station, no ride longer than 30 minutes, using at least X number of bikes/stations, bonus points for picking up an "art bike" that was decorated by kids involve in our city's youth recreation center).
Love the bike system. But then, it helps to live in one of the top-ten bike friendly cities in the US...
We succeed when we create conditions for success - and when we can't do that, we create conditions for succeeding within constraints.
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