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Update: An idea. I saw another one of these - a Howard one - at Union Station today.
November 16, 2013 in Bike Sharing | Permalink
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I saw some of those bikes at GW a few weeks ago with different adds on the back. They look like such cheap bikes I figured they were actually "fake" bikes and really just adds.
IF that's the case I guess it works.... North Face Store just got its name out on one of DC's premier web sites.
November 16, 2013 at 07:45 PM
I see these bikes up here in Boston around the BU campus mostly. I seriously don't know if anybody uses them or who might use them since I didn't think they did rentals... very odd
November 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Seen on K Street last week.
November 17, 2013 at 09:31 AM
I'd like to know how durable these are compared to the Cabi bikes. Cabi are clearly more durable, but they are heavy and expensive. Is the trade-off worth it?
November 17, 2013 at 03:50 PM
I've seen these around,mostly in Georgetown.
What a great idea,take kids who may never have biked before in a major city,then give them coaster-braked only bikes. Can only imagine how much fun these must be in the rain on Wisc or Mass.
November 17, 2013 at 07:31 PM
I tweeted angrily at North Face a few weeks ago because I saw two of these advertise-bikes locked to young trees on the 2100 block of L NW. Locking bikes to trees is wrong (and especially obnoxious when there are plenty of other places to lock them nearby). North Face didn't respond. I've since seen these bikes locked to trees somewhat regularly in the Foggy Bottom area.
I'm not really sure who is at fault. If it's just some ignorant college kid, it nonetheless reflects poorly on the company that gave them the bike.
Rob P |
November 18, 2013 at 10:50 AM
Looks like it may be related to this site: http://www.freebikeproject.com/index.html
I found a photo of a USC bike on their twitter feed that had the same orange tires.
November 18, 2013 at 03:33 PM
When I was in college there was a campaign to pay students who drove VW bugs to carry advert logos on their cars -- this is similar. And we know students -- if it makes money, they'll probably go along with it.
November 18, 2013 at 04:24 PM
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