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Rome. Ugh. Most stations were empty and had grafitti. One station had two really beat up bikes.

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Reminds me of a quote I once heard (I think it was from an interview in "Der Spiegel").

Someone expressing dismay at how the EU was coming along.

"What we need is British diplomacy, French food, German organization, and Italian sex.

And what we seem to be ending up with is French diplomacy, British food, Italian organization, and German sex!"

But clearly a good spot to dock the ubiquitous motor scooters!

How long have they had their bike share program?

Looks about right for Rome, sadly.

Original launch in 2008, couple of failures and re-launches. Info from Bike Share World Map:

Rome, Italy - Roma'n'Bike
Last Updated by Russell on Feb 27
March 2013, for all intents and purposes there is no system. almost no bikes January 16, 2013: Source  Possible new system with 80 stations in the works: Source
19 stations
3rd re-launch January 1, 2010. 
(Original launch June 16, 2008 by Cemusa. 2nd launch: June 1, 2009 by ATAC)
 
Operator: Rome Mobility Service Agency, a division of ATAC Rome's public transport agency.

 
Juan 2-8 mi. said:

How long have they had their bike share program?

I did not see a large biking population, at least in the city.

I did not see dedicated bike lanes, or even sharrows.

Conducting web searches, I do not see much advocacy for biking in Rome from it's citizens.

We had all of these here in Chicago BEFORE initiating bike share.

If you pull up an image of their bikes, you'll see they don't look much different than 'normal' bikes. 

Probably makes 'em easy to disappear.


Why'd they even bother? At least they tried. Their bike share program managers should get on board with the bikes and system we have here. Seems like other city's use the same kind of bikes but with their local flavor painted on them. 


in it to win it 8.0 mi said:

I did not see a large biking population, at least in the city.

I did not see dedicated bike lanes, or even sharrows.

Conducting web searches, I do not see much advocacy for biking in Rome from it's citizens.

We had all of these here in Chicago BEFORE initiating bike share.

Divvy isn't that bad but I've seen more than a couple bikes not docked, one at California and Division was actually laying on the sidewalk.

I wonder what they are going to do with/about frozen bikes in the winter or how many people will use them and how they will handle.

Were you able to dock it?

Mike Zumwalt said:

Divvy isn't that bad but I've seen more than a couple bikes not docked, one at California and Division was actually laying on the sidewalk.

Washington has Divvy-esque bikes that seem to be popular along with some other renters like Bike and Roll.  Everything I've seen looks well supported and there are sharrows and bike lanes here and there.  Lots of streets are closed due to the shutdown and other security measures left over from 2001.

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