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presumably you are involved with the older technology?

innovation happens. that is good. if the goal is to have a large and robust bike system, using the most flexible, low cost technology is the best way to get there.

as far as website, we are exploring investment-grade, implementable urban innovation in numerous sectors. in the transportation space this includes evs, ferries, smart transportation systems and bikeshare.

what is so interesting with bikeshare is that the current technology is clearly on its way to becoming outdated.

in contrast, the ev holds future promise (especially with induction charging) but there is no compelling business case. advantages of the newer smartlock over the older smartdock include:

- lower capital expense (about 1/4 to 1/3 the cost)
- lower operating expenses
- less risk of being tied to single supplier
- more flexible re: flooding (citibike)

to your point of pushing a certain tech, yes i am, but not due to any equity interest. i am an urban economist that is looking for innovation to make better cities - from new york to nairobi to nanjing.

the stronger we make bikeshare the better. the way we make bikeshare stronger is by using the most flexible, low cost technology and that is the smartlock (vs the smartdock).

there are other local economic development advantages to the smartlock...

if dc is looking long term it will expand with the smartlock. it can keep the same operator...it just shifts to the newer technology.

by tglendening on Dec 19, 2012 9:28 am • linkreport

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