Comment 119815

By KevinLove (registered) | Posted August 23, 2016 at 09:28:43

A happy accident indeed! Skipping the obsolescent third-generation BIXI model and moving straight to the latest fourth-generation technology was fortunate not only for Hamilton but for the entire world.

Until the launch last month of the SoBi system in Portland, Oregon, Hamilton had by far the largest fourth-generation system in the world. Hamilton was the pioneer, launching the pilot project that demonstrated the success of fourth-generation capability to the rest of the world.

This success has resulted in Ottawa converting from BIXI to SoBi and Toronto considering a similar conversion.

I have used both systems, in Hamilton and Toronto, and 4th generation technology is clearly superior. Among other things, the ability to lock up anywhere eliminates the danger of "dock-blocking." Dock blocking happens in a 3rd generation system when the docks are all full at the station when the rider arrives at his destination. In Toronto's 3rd generation system, the user must finish the ride by docking at an open dock at a station. With SoBi, a full station means that one simply locks up anywhere nearby.

Comment edited by KevinLove on 2016-08-23 09:32:22

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