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Bike sharing without all the fuss

Looks like a group of students started a bike sharing program in Washington DC using cell phones being called “the first stationless smart bike sharing program in North America.” It’s called: WeBike.

Hmmm, I mean really what kind of system could be successful, started on a college campus?

Article from thecityfix.com

For Bikesharing, Forget Stations; All You Need Is a Phone
Submitted by Ginger Moored on January 25, 2011

A small start-up near Washington, D.C. has started what it calls “the first stationless smart bike sharing program in North America.” And all it took to get the system up and running was some bikes, U-locks and mobile phones.

In the fall of 2007, Allie Armitage and three classmates at the University of Maryland, College Park, just outside of the nation’s capital, decided to design a campus bikeshare program for their “Systems Thinking” course. Armitage says one team member, Vlad Tchompalov, had just seen the new bikeshare systems in Paris and Berlin and thought they could implement a smaller-scale version on their 37,000-student campus. They figured that a system with stations would be a huge step up from the communal “yellow bike” programs in places like Portland, Ore. that failed because the bikes were left unlocked and most were stolen.

read more here.

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