I said in May I had my doubts about the bike hire scheme for central Melbourne.
Well, it’s been announced that the RACV will run it, and it’ll involve 600 bikes across 50 sites in the City of Melbourne.
There’s some irony to RACV running a bike hire scheme. I guess it’s another thing to help them look green while they continue lobbying for motorways — thus their claims to be a ”mobility” group – not just an automobile group.
And how will the bike hire scheme get around the legal requirement to wear a helmet while cycling?
It won’t. You’ll have to bring your own. — But Melburnians and visitors will have to provide their own protective headgear as none will be available and cycling without a helmet incurs a fine of $58. — Herald Sun.
Which means Gordon Oakley’s claim of it being an opportunity for “those visiting our beautiful city to explore it by bike” is a crock. Unless tourists (who are not bringing their own bikes) are going start bringing helmets along.
Jeez. I thought this scheme would have problems enough, but who is going to bring their own helmet? It’s like having to take your own steering wheel to hire a car.
I reckon this pretty much condemns it to failure. At a cost of $5 million, it looks like it’s going to be (as Bicycle Victoria’s Harry Barber predicted) $8000 bikes sitting by the side of the road.
Meanwhile, people (like me) who want to cycle more still won’t because of a lack of bike lanes and other safety measures.
(By the way, I love The Age’s description of the RACV man taking the bicycle away in a taxi — sounds like Ben Elton’s Gridlock yet again.)