(Photo taken Thursday, May 31st)
When I asked the guy who was working on the Dekobike kiosks when the bikes were coming and he said “As early as tomorrow (Sunday, May 27th).” I believed him and blogged about it (Read-DecoBike Kiosks Going Up. Bikes Come This Sunday). Well, I’m not sure who to believe anymore because it’s now Thursday and the bikes are no where to be found. So far Decobike has been nothing but a big failure and the season barely just started.
I’ve tried to contact Decobike several times, but never heard back. I get it. This is just a lowly blog. The Decobike public relations team might not have time for us, but this blog does have a lot of readers. You’d think in a town where many folks are against the Deco-deal, Decobike would be looking to spread their propaganda as much as possible. We at SBC might not be experts at journalism like the other guys, but we do try. When Quiksilver gave Shaun & me Press Credentials, we ran more articles about that event than everybody. Maybe even more than Quiksilver themselves!
My point is this: I am somewhat of a fan of Decobikes. I actually see bike sharing as a benefit to our city by the sea, but so far they’ve been nothing but a big disappointment:
- I spoke to all three local bike shops and none of them are involved whatsoever. READ: All three local Bike Shops talk about DecoBike (And they all seem pissed).
- There are alleged conflicts of interest. READ: City Manager [Theofan] Responds to Questions Surrounding DecoBike Contract)
- Pouring slabs of cement in areas that make no sense whatsoever for bike kiosks. READ: OPINION: on DECOBIKES (I’m Confused-By-The-Sea)
- Bike lanes that sort of don’t make sense, but whatever. I guess it’s better than nothing, but I was expecting lines. READ: Here Come The Bike Lanes.
Here we are several days after Memorial Day weekend and the bikes, as of this morning (Thursday), are still nowhere to be found. I feel like an idiot for blogging they would be here. I’m not even sure if I care anymore.