If you’re car-less in Baltimore, the city’s thriving Zipcar service is a qualified godsend. The cars are almost everywhere, and if you consolidate your errands into as few trips as possible the whole thing can really work out in your favor. On the other hand, the $6-8 per hour fee makes the service totally impractical for getting to work. For that, it’s back to the bus.
By this time next year, the city plans to have a bike-share program in place. And, well, it still won’t be any kind of solution for Baltimore’s vehicularly challenged — even if you live in downtown, midtown, or Southeast Baltimore, where all the bikes will be.
That is, it’s no solution if the pricing is anything like D.C.’s program. There, after the first 30 minutes (which are free), rental fees ramp up to $12 and hour, up to $70 for a day, plus membership fees. (That’s actually more expensive than Zipcar!)
Maybe, instead of paying something like $75 a year for access to a bike share, we should just buy some $75 bikes. But I guess these kinds of programs are thriving, right? How? Why?