I know what some of you are thinking: Not another Decobike post! Believe me, I agree 100%, but this stuff is important for the Long Beach historical archives (Just please humor me, ok?).
I had my daily boardwalk bike ride around 2pm this Sunday and tried to take notice of as much “Decobike action” as possible. Here are a few observations:
- The most amount of Decobikers I noticed between Neptune to Grand Blvds were twelve (not including the Decogirls in the photo).
- Passing the Franklin Blvd kiosk four times I took notice of the amount of bicycles that were there: 9, 7, 10 and 12. I chose Franklin because I figured it would be the quietest kiosk.
- I felt absolutely no impact of the kiosks or Decobikes themselves: the kiosks with bikes were not in my way of riding on a busy beach Sunday. The decobikers all seemed to understand the concept of riding a bicycle. For some reason there is this fear that every person who rides a Decobike will not know how to ride a bicycle. I have a similar fear with automobiles. I really think all the negativity will go away once most of you get used to the fact that Decobike is here and won’t interfere with your lives at all.
- The bells on the bikes will be annoying for residents who live near the kiosks. I saw a bunch of kids just ringing the bells over and over. Yeah, that would drive me nuts. (Video Link)
I was told by a Decobike spokesperson that they had roughly 300 riders (unconfirmed) on Saturday, June 30th. He said they were pleased with that number, considering it was the first Saturday with the bicycles. He didn’t give me a number for what they’re hoping, but said it looks promising. If you took the cheapest price point of $4 (for 30 min), that would mean Deco took in a minimum of $1200 in revenue during its first Saturday of operation.
The Decobike mobile app is currently Miami-only. When asked about that, the spokesperson told me Long Beach support will be coming soon. It won’t be a separate app, so if you downloaded the Miami one already, expect an update eventually, hopefully with retina-graphics for those with newer iphones. The app is actually pretty useful because it shows you the exact numbers of bikes at every kiosk (see picture of Miami example). The DecoMan said something about how they are switching the stations from cell to wifi – that’s when the app will be updated. I think he got cell and wifi confused… methinks it should be the other way around. Either way, he said he was from Miami, so maybe he knows something…. haha