New Brushless Bike Wash for DC

Cleanliness is next to impossible for a bike

As meticulously as a fine French hand laundry, with utmost delicacy, the new automated “Velib” Brushless Bike Wash cleans road grunge and dead bugs off your bike. Frankly, though, the “hot wax” option is of questionable value.

Okay, it’s really an automated bicycle rental kiosk and they have them all over Paris, renting out 15,000 bikes at 1,000 kiosks like Zip Cars so people don’t have to buy and store their own wheels. You slide your credit card through the slot, take out a bike to ride and rack it at a kiosk near your destination.

These are coming to Washington but there will only be four kiosks and 100 bikes in the initial system, well short of what it will take for proof of concept: the stated aim is dependable everyday transportation. Worse, the first four kiosks will be in areas with high numbers of tourists, college students and suburban teen day-trippers, so don’t expect to see bikes in the rack when you want them.

Perhaps our bike-riding Mayor and Council Members need to re-think this under-scaled demo project before it pedals away.

Always wear a helmet. When bike-riding, too. 

Photo: Bikedispenser.com

5 Responses to “New Brushless Bike Wash for DC”

  1. Dude, où est mon vélo? « NotionsCapital Says:

    […] you haven’t read today’s first NotionsCapital.com post on Washington’s automated bike rental plans, do that now. The rest of us will just talk […]

  2. Washington City Paper: News & Features: Blogs Says:

    […] Third: DC is getting this crazy thing. […]

  3. bike trail rider Says:

    Mayor Daley saw this in France and wants to bring it to Chicago.

  4. Mike Licht Says:

    bike trail rider: Show Hizzoner the next post in this thread so he will provide sufficient rush hour bike parking downtown.

  5. D i s e ñ o I n d u s t r i a l : Venezuela » Bicicleta en la ciudad Says:

    […] mecanismos de pago. Toda una cultura en torno a la bicicleta dentro de la ciudad. Como el caso de Velib en Paris. Definitivamente es una tendencia politicamente correcta, humanamente deseable y […]

  6. Bicicletas en la ciudad: recipiente urbano | DIconexiones Says:

    […] mecanismos de pago. Toda una cultura en torno a la bicicleta dentro de la ciudad. Como el caso de Velib en Paris. Definitivamente es una tendencia politicamente correcta, humanamente deseable y […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: