Well, considering we can hold transcripts, room assignments, and departmental budgets hostage until the matter is resolved, I think we stand at least some chance of keeping them around for a while. These will be checked out just like a library book (some of which cost as much as the bikes), and all the notices, fines, and replacement costs apply. It's a small, select population who can actually use these (students, faculty, and staff only)MB1 said:Nice bikes indeed.
How long do you figure before they are all missing or destroyed?
Awesome! I think they key here is that those who can use the bikes have an incentive to keep them in good shape. Check out the Washington DC bike sharing for a pretty good model. I didn't get to use it last time I was in the area, but some friends use it regularly and like it. Not sure how your bike library operates but that may give you some ideas if the program ever expands.Progress report:
It's a little over a year and a half. We still have all the bikes, they are all still in good working order. They have been checked out nearly 500 times by about 150 different students, a few staff and faculty as well. So far, so good.
Additionally, a new section of the Roanoke River Greenway just got completed that will make it possible to easily access it from campus, and in the next couple of years a lot more will be in place. That means that actually shopping by bike just got a lot easier from campus. I anticipate more use.