I was down at Hutch's last night with the family and noticed that there are bike rentals now available down by Baranga's.
It got me thinking: why couldn't Hamilton start a modest version of the bicycle renting program just launched in Paris?
People can rent daily, weekly, or monthly and we could have stations set up at various locations, such as:
And so on. Basically, I'm thinking of high density urban neighbourhoods, employers and tourist attractions. The bike stations could have covered lock stations, lockers and possibly showers available.
I can't imagine a program like this would cost much to start, and costs can be offset with the memberships. It would be great for local residents and tourists.
What do you think? Is this a good idea or am I missing something? Maybe everyone in Hamilton already owns a bike...
I mean, if the costs can be covered through people buying memberships and some help from the city budget (maybe they can give cycling more than $300,000 in future years) it would seem like a no-brainer.
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