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This is great news. I was skeptical when Smartbike was introduced because I figured that everyone interested in getting around by bike already owned a bike & wouldn't sign up for this. Apparently I was wrong. Aside from locals, it would be wonderful to see more tourist get out of their big smelly tour buses and take in the city on a smartbike.

I'm not sure about tourists. SmartBike is government subsidized. Bike and Roll is not. If I owned Bike and Roll, I'd be p---- off if the government came in and set up a subsidized rival that ran me out of business.

FYI there is going to be a regional meeting on bike sharing in the near future. We hope that before we invest in the expansion of the current smark bike system, we can take a look to see whether or not the current clear channel system will get us to where we need to go.

I have my own bike but I prefer SmartBike. I don't have to worry about it getting stolen (just return it to the station). I can take another mode of transit home if I'm with friends, it starts to rain, or whatever other reason. And SmartBikes are much better equipped than my bike when it comes to cycling in the rain or on wet streets.

I haven't used it much, but I expect to if one comes to my neighborhood. $45 a year for bike maintenance...that's a bargain

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