Re: Re: The Velibs are coming?
ac1976: At a guess, I’d say most of the damage in the photos you’ve posted was as a result of cars, not ignorant citizens.
I have to say, I find the type of comment below equally negative.
My reservations about this scheme don’t need rehearsing, but I haven’t commented before on one aspect of the siting. It’s great to see on-street car parking being replaced with these, but it’s disappointing to note that some existing cycle parking has been removed to accommodate them. This is NOT the answer. Cycle parking in Dublin City is already inadequate, and we need more of it in addition to the bike hire stations, not less of it by virtue of the arrival of the scheme.
From what I have seen existing cycle parking has been replaced near where these new Bad Boys have been installed. Some Velib stands were put in next to DIT Bolton Street where an existing bike rack once stood, but the bike rails were re-installed a few metres up the street as part of the same operation. Hope that sensisble approach persists across the city.
My worry about this scheme is whether it will be undermined by the rising levels of Bicycle snobbery that I’m witnessing everyday. There are some folk who wouldn’t be caught dead riding anything other than a fixey, and will Velib riders now be considered members of the lowest Caste? (Just above taxi drivers, of course, who are mainly sub-human) 😀