London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

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Good Name?

'Velons' - Good Idea
8
47%
'Velons' - Rubbish Idea
3
18%
'Cycle Hire' is better
4
24%
Other
2
12%
 
Total votes: 17

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London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

Postby rootes » 21 Oct 2009, 9:16am

Re:

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/12444.aspx

I think they should be called:

Velons

as a play on velo and london and of course the paris velibs

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Re: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

Postby pete75 » 21 Oct 2009, 9:40am

What about Maxon - the design inspiration for the bikes seems to be the Puch Maxi moped.


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PS They'll probably all be nicked in the first week so why not call them Felons.

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Re: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

Postby rootes » 21 Oct 2009, 10:02am

pete75 wrote:

PS They'll probably all be nicked in the first week so why not call them Felons.


:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

Postby [XAP]Bob » 21 Oct 2009, 11:52am

Need some monitoring to ensure that no docking station is ever full or empty - but otherwise it looks like a good idea.
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Re: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

Postby Si » 21 Oct 2009, 12:00pm

These mass hire schemes is something that I can't make up my mind on.

But it does seem that they are very much location specific - I couldn't see one happening round here because of the way that the city is layed out (for the similar reasons we only have one or two cycle couriers).

But, on the surface, the bikes look reasonable enough for short trips in a flat location weaing 'normal' clothes.

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Re: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

Postby Neil Mc Ivor » 21 Oct 2009, 8:47pm

Velons sounds too much like Felons
How about "Globes" Good London Bikes

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Re: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

Postby PW » 21 Oct 2009, 9:06pm

What's the odds on one ending up at Dunwich next summer? :twisted:
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Re: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

Postby skrx » 21 Oct 2009, 10:31pm

Any volunteers to ride one to Land's End? :D

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Re: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

Postby dkmwt » 21 Oct 2009, 10:53pm

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Re: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

Postby cjchambers » 21 Oct 2009, 11:04pm

I'll do it, but only if I can get a taxi as far as Penzance.

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Re: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

Postby tb » 23 Oct 2009, 10:07pm

I'm not convinced that these bike hire schemes have any real merit in London or anywhere else.

I prefer to cycle to and from work in west London so I have my own bicycle. Lots of people don't want to ride a bicycle or go anywhere near one and no amount of green propoganda will convince them to do so.
These bike hire schemes will appeal to the casual tourist visitor perhaps, but regular commuters will have thier prefered route and if it's not thier own bike then it's very unlikely to be a hire one either.

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Re: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

Postby thirdcrank » 23 Oct 2009, 10:19pm

It certainly looks like a 1970's moped with no engine - the sort of bike you would lend to people you wanted to convince that cycling was unpleasant hard work. I wonder what on earth they weigh. :shock:

On a practical note, it looks as though the one in the pic has no lights - if so, why is it fitted with reflectors? Are they for use legally at night or not :?:

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Re: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

Postby rbrian » 23 Oct 2009, 11:17pm

thirdcrank wrote:On a practical note, it looks as though the one in the pic has no lights - if so, why is it fitted with reflectors? Are they for use legally at night or not :?:


The one in the picture is from Montreal, as you can see if you look closely at the chainstay. London doesn't seem to have decided yet what the bikes will be like.
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Re: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

Postby pete75 » 24 Oct 2009, 12:17am

The London bikes will be Bixis , the same as in Montreal. A company called Serco won the contract but have sub contracted it out to Bixi. TfL would have saved themselves a bob or two if they'd gone direct to Bixi.
Apparently it will cost £140 million , £23,333 to put each bike on the road, almost £4000 each per annum for the six year contract. This seems a ridiculous amount of money. I think the idea of the scheme is good but not at that price - the overheads and/or the profit margin must be phenomenal.

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Re: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

Postby memopix » 30 Oct 2009, 3:34pm

A photo gallery of international Bicycle Rental & Free Bike Schemes on the photomap of Cycle Streets: http://www.cyclestreets.net/galleries/104/