Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New public bicycle repair stations coming to Vancouver streets

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Since writing isn't my best skill I'll just quote this comment which summarizes my thoughts in a more articulate fashion then I ever could.

"Jack
I've been riding a bike for almost 40 years, and I can count on one hand (two fingers actually) the number of times I've had a breakdown while riding that needed an emergency repair (and neither of those times were right next to a repair station when it happened).

Do these people actually believe that there are people out there not riding a bike because of a lack of repair facilities? Does anyone apply even a modicum of common sense when it comes to this topic? What absolute nonsense. I would hazard a guess that there isn't a single soul in this city that is on the verge of cycling but the only thing holding them back is the lack of repair stations. Not one single person in this entire city. It's a pretty safe bet.

"The Dero unit includes an air pump and a scannable QR code that will link mobile devices to a website with repair tips"
More ridiculous nonsense. Why a QR code that forces people to install the app and scan the QR code? Why not simply print the website address? I'll tell you why - because the same idiots that think having a repair station will get people riding their bikes believe that anything and everything MUST have social media/high-tech component. It's silly and it's gimmicky and it's useless. It's being done purely for the sake of doing it. Yeah someone is going to scan a lame PR code with their phone to be taken to a website with repair tips whilst parked at a repair station. Who thinks of this stuff? I'm more than a little embarrassed for you."


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