“They probably should have done some more testing before they rolled it out,”

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The Madison B-Cycle.

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Uhm… They probably shouldn’t have rolled it out.

Here are the fee structures to rent one of these suckers.

A 24 hour pass costs $10. A 7 day pass is $30, while an annual membership is $65. Personally, as someone who is perpetually on a tight budget, I think the one day pass is too high. Still, if that were the end of the fees, I would say OK, not too bad… but there are other fees. After the first 30 minutes of use, they start to charge you, first $2 for the next 30 minutes, then $5 for each after that. So you really don’t want to have your bike out for any length of time, or it will cost you. You know, for the price of renting and using one of these bike for a month, it would be cheaper to simply go out and buy a bike of your own. Even with gas prices hovering in the $4 dollar range, it would be cheaper to go ahead and drive my car downtown.

In the end, this is destined to prove itself a horrible idea. I just find myself staring at the picture wondering “what were they thinking?”. And what is going to happen when someone inevitable gets injured while riding a Madison B-Cycle, or is their a “no lawsuit” clause built into the contract when you rent one of these things. I guarantee that it will end up not making nearly as much money and get as much use as it was projected and it will end up costing much more than the original bid.

Oh, and do they provide little seat and handle grip sanitizers for the individual rider, because i have no idea who the previous rider was and how clean they might be…. I’m just sayin.

Hat Tip: Althouse.

2 Comments to ““They probably should have done some more testing before they rolled it out,””

  1. By Jeff Alberts, May 25, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

    You know, for the price of renting and using one of these bike for a month, it would be cheaper to simply go out and buy a bike of your own.

    And you could buy one that won’t make you look like a total doofus.

  2. By Jeff Alberts, May 25, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    I could see a big market for “seat sniffers” in college towns.

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