There are reportedly only 70 trips a day being made on
Last Saturday, supporters of the bike share scheme who blame low usage on the helmet laws conducted a protest ride without helmets, a number being fined. One of those booked, Dr Paul Martin, a specialist anaesthetist in
Melbourne Bike Share say that: “Those using the scheme will need to bring their own helmet, or purchase one from a handy location near the bike station. “ They offer a low-cost helmet for purchase by subscribers with their annual membership. When the facility first opened, Roads Minister Tim Pallas said: “We expect regular users of the system will prefer to provide their own helmet, however these other options do allow people to use the system spontaneously.”
In a recent interview about cycling in
Official opinion on helmet wearing remains as divided as ever. Few countries have any national laws and some, such as the
Public bike hire schemes continue to be introduced all across the globe, and appear to be going from strength to strength:
USA: Nice Ride Minnesota in Minneapolis reports 25,000 trips in its first 40 days.
Germany: Metroradruhr is bringing bike sharing to ten industrial Ruhr valley cities, a bit of a departure as most schemes up to now have been for one city – this is a single system connecting nearby cities.
UK: Blackpool were happy enough with the performance of their initial 60 bike scheme to be expanding it to a 500 bike one over the rest of this year.
Cyprus: 285 bicycles and 24 docking stations should be in place in Nicosia by early autumn.
China: There are reports that Beijing will have 50,000 bikes for public hire by 2015.