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Discussion: Blue bike clunkiness

in: Cristina; Cristina > 2018-07-28

Jul 29, 2018 1:27 PM # 
Really varies from bike to bike. The newer blue painted bikes are mostly better than the old silver bikes. Just before BCBS took over there were a bunch of much better bikes that could be identified by a different shift, but those all seem to have disappeared in the transition and I'm sad.

Absolutely agreed on the too many cars. Getting around Boston absolutely sucks. It's decades behind every European city I have lived in in terms of transit and liveability, and it impacts my life here every single day.
Jul 29, 2018 1:55 PM # 
Hmm, I'll have to take a closer look at the bikes. I hope the ones I rode were the old silver ones...

The number of cars is astonishing. When we were staying in Sudbury we tried -- and failed -- to avoid the ridiculously long rush "hour" and found ourselves crawling along several times, doubling (at least) what should be a 35 minute trip. After those experiences I don't understand why there aren't thousands of people marching in the streets demanding better transportation options. I think it may be because most people don't realize that it doesn't have to be like this and that make me sad.
Jul 29, 2018 3:49 PM # 
I read Boston reddit a lot and people there tend to say it's better than no transit so why complain? I hate that argument, especially when the city is so expensive to live in and so difficult to get around.
Jul 29, 2018 5:26 PM # 
I tried out a blue Blue Bike today and it was definitely better than the ones I rode yesterday. It rode smoother, the seat stayed in place, and it had infinity shifting, which I found quite nice.
Jul 29, 2018 7:24 PM # 
There are definitely some blue painted clunkers out there too (teething problems with brand new cheap bikes I think) but generally they're better!
Jul 29, 2018 11:52 PM # 
Speaking of blue bikes, there's one in my garage that's yours if you want it.
Jul 30, 2018 12:07 AM # 
Sure! Should we plan a rendezvous at a mutually convenient location? Small ball of energy can be included.
Jul 30, 2018 11:42 AM # 
Yes, excellent. Give me a couple of days to get organized, I have a bunch of pieces in motion right now.
Jul 30, 2018 11:09 PM # 
The sad part is that this is one of the better cities in the US for public transit. And Cambridge was just ranked 8th in the US for bike-friendly cities. That doesn't make it good. I was going to write lots of other things, but have run out of mental oomph for it.

I would love it if some of the car subsidies went toward making transit efficient and affordable. I expend a non-trivial amount of brainpower each day on decisions about how I'll get myself to the various places I need to be.
Jul 31, 2018 1:41 AM # 
The US federal government (and its current supporters) surely don't want to send any money to cities to use for things that hurt the oil companies. Don't expect that to change soon.

I thought the bike lanes and bike/driver/pedestrian interaction were superb in Denmark. Sometimes I wish the US was a smaller country (or a bunch of them), that could get things done like in Europe...
Jul 31, 2018 6:10 PM # 
Unfortunately one cannot live within Cambridge, I agree they are making lots of the right moves. Aside from a couple of locations, Somerville is a mess for bikes.

Still, 8th for bikes and 3rd (ish, treating "Bay Area" as one, which is probably not how they are split up for bikes) for cost of living... don't like that.
Aug 1, 2018 2:58 PM # 
The 'elephant in the room' that neither local governments nor transit planners are acknowledging right now is the coming wave of autonomous cars.

After Uber and Lyft drivers are replaced by computers, some estimates are that New Age transit will be cheaper, faster and more convenient for everyone; there may be few private cars. And buses, trains and related infrastructure will go the way of the horse and buggy.

But no one really knows how this will happen, or when. And funding resources are reluctant to commit to any long-term planning or funding in our present uncertain situation.
Aug 1, 2018 3:00 PM # 
No one is going to go anywhere if all the autonomous vehicles are passenger cars and the trains and busses go away.
Aug 6, 2018 3:30 AM # 
I'm heading into the general city area Monday night to help a friend move some furniture. That means I could bring the bike with me, if that would work for you. Post here and let me know if it does. (I'm specifically heading for the Tufts area.)
Aug 6, 2018 3:47 AM # 
I will not be around but coincidentally (?) our stuff is scheduled to arrive from Norway Monday evening. I think there’s a plan for some upstairs residents to be around to receive it, so that would probably work for the bike. But then we’d miss the opportunity to socialize.
Aug 6, 2018 10:25 AM # 
Will find another time that works.

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