Every now and then I have to travel to Vila do Conde and it’s not always handy to take a bike with me. Therefore, when I heard the town’s City Hall decided to create a community bike system, I was so so hyped!
A community bike system means more bikes on the road! Also, no more walking a few kms everytime I had to do a minimal task in the city. However, even roses have thorns and the biCondes’ (the bike’s name) is especially stingy.
I found the biConde’s terms and conditions online and it is indeed mandatory to pay a €100 for signing up in the system. Because that makes a lot of sense to make a community bike system which is more costly to sign up for than to buy a bike for yourself.
If the City Hall ever had the idea of having more of its people communting in bikes, they should start by making the system a lot less expensive and easier to use. The way things are right now, the biCondes are not worth the money. And as a matter of fact, they are very hard to spot, since they’re not anywhere close the city’s entry points (really, why are they never seen close to the light-train station?). I wonder what the City Hall was expecting in terms of usage and what kind of users they thing they are targetting.
I had honestly considered the option of signing up for this very usefull and handy system for my routine trips to the city. But these prices are just insane – especially if you, like me, already have a bike. It may not be handy, but it sure is less expensive to just take one of my bikes with me everytime I go to the city. I mean, even if I didn’t have a pair of bikes of my own, with €100 I could perfectly buy me a brand new bike and use it anytime I want and for as long as I want.