PedNet unveils bike-sharing program for True/False Film Fest

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | 10:13 a.m. CST; updated 5:39 p.m. CST, Tuesday, March 6, 2012

COLUMBIA — A new bike-sharing program has been tested at the annual True/False Film Fest.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that Columbia's PedNet Coalition organized a bicycle-sharing program for the festival, which ended Sunday. The goal was to alleviate parking problems and be environmentally friendly.

Forty bikes were available at four sites that were playing films. Participants had to provide a credit card or debit card number to take part in the program.

There was no charge for using the bikes less than 30 minutes. PedNet executive director Ian Thomas said participants were charged $10 if they used the bikes for more than 30 minutes and $20 for more than an hour. People using the bikes more than 90 minutes were charged the full price of the bike.


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Mark Foecking March 6, 2012 | 4:32 p.m.

"People using the bikes more than 90 minutes were charged the full price of the bike."

WHAT? I like this program, as well as the idea of transportation sharing in general, but that's ridiculous (if in fact that's what happened). Charge users some fixed fee per hour. This doesn't advance the idea of bike-sharing at all. IMO.


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Jonathan Hopfenblatt March 6, 2012 | 5:42 p.m.

Yeah, that's completely bogus (if true).

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