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Instead, they should be encouraged to join CaBi. The Revolution Cycles thing becomes somewhat aberrant in the context of bike sharing overall, an evolutionary branch that is stunted...

It is neat. But it sounds a whole lot more like a bike fleet, rather than bike sharing, just to get technical about it.

I think i can guess, but I wonder why they did not choose to buy stations in the CaBi system?

From Kettlers website:

Kettler Resident Program

Kettler Residents can choose to become a part of the Bike Share program with a one time fee of $25.
Residents have access to a bike share bike, dependent upon availability, for up to 3 hours per day at no cost.
After the initial 3 hours, Residents will be charge the standard hourly rate ($5 per hour).
Friends, Families, Guests…etc….are responsible for paying the hourly rate ($5 per hour (4 hour minimum) or $35 per day).

I agree with Richard. I don't know where all Kettler properties are located but I think a better approach for the community would have been Kettler sponsoring the location of stations on their property.

I was on the fence about joining. One factor that brought me over was the locating of a station across the street from where I live.

They started up before CaBi did.

I was wondering how the City Hub would survive with several CaBi stations very close by. But the City Hub bikes and program is better for longer rides, whereas CaBi focuses on shorter trips.

There's a niche for City Hub, especially since they concentrate on deals with companies and apartment complexes. I hope they survive and prosper right alongside CaBi. Both systems have different selling points. City Hub also sponsors many casual group bike rides throughout the year.

I'm with @darren. I'm all for bike perks, and it's nice to be able to borrow a bike for the day, but CaBi is a radically different animal.

As a friend of mine put it when I asked why he joined CaBi when he already owned several bikes: "Because I can't get my bike to come when I whistle."

Interesting comments all around and I thought I'd respond on Revolution's behalf. I'm Operations Manager at Revolution and am very involved with the corporate bikeshare programs that we've been a part of for the past three years as well as the development of our City Hub.

Our goal, as a business and as a group of individuals who just love to ride bikes, is to help encourage other to ride.

We believe the bicycle can be a part of many solutions, especially when dealing with questions of transportation and health and wellness. We have a passion for bikes and while we're thrilled at our partnership with Kettler and other businesses that have choosen to do on-site bikeshare for their employees and/or residents, we're also big fans of the CaBi system (Revolution is actually a founding member of CaBi). CaBi provides a transportation-focused bike option, one that would be very difficult for an individual bike shop (or chain of stores) to provide on such a large scale. We know many of the folks involved with CaBi and they are wonderful, committed individuals who have worked hard to produce such an awesome program for the DC Metro Area.

While CaBi operates differently from our City Hub Program, it's resulted in raising the profile of the bicycle as a safe, fun and easy way to move around the DC Metro Area. Instead of assigning fixed labels to what CaBi does, what we do and what others will do in the future, we accept the fact that CaBi's program has a different "flavor" than our own, and we're grateful and happy that there are more organizations and businesses that are choosing to align themselves with cycling, whether that's the Crystal City BID sponsoring CaBi stations, an individual joining the City Hub Program or a tour group renting bikes from one of Revolution's "competitors" on the Mall to enjoy the area by bike.

We believe that our local bike industry benefits from CaBi and that CaBi, in turn, benefits by being in an area that has such an established bike culture. Many of the cycling-related options that this area has to offer, whether for bike rentals, bikeshare or bike sales, compliment each other. It's not about "us" vs. "them." It's about all of us working to increase the number of people safely riding in this area.

@Jakob W-B,
I don't disagree with anything you state, except when you refer to your program as 'bike sharing'. The operational differences between your program and CaBi's are what defines CaBi as bikesharing, and yours as a very inventive and new deployment of what I would consider bike fleet.

I think there's a place for both, but the aspects that make bike sharing novel are the same aspects that your program does not include.

I'm sure the community can help you come up with a creative tag for what you guys are doing, but IMHO, it's not bike sharing.

@Dr Pangloss, GREAT quote.

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