Last time I heard from Social Bicycles (SoBi) was on the boardwalk last summer when they told me they’d have 40 bikes by the fall [LINK]. That never happened, but winter did, so the topic went dormant until now.
I emailed SoBi last week, as did Project 11561, wondering what the deal was. As our minds ran amok with rumors and google searches, Project 11561 and I started to collaborate on a joint article, but in the mist of it all SoBi responded:
“We are certainly planning on being in Long Beach this summer! Look for us to start installing around town in the next two months. We’ll be up and running before summer begins.
Good news for those who are looking forward to having bike sharing back. I know it’s a touchy subject for some who feel the city should promote bike rentals with our local bike shops, but I have to admit, I am a fan of the kiosk format. When we had Decobike pre-sandy, I had a situation where a group of six rented bikes in the East End, road the boardwalk all the way to the west and ate at Swingbellys. It was a situation that never would have happened if those bikes weren’t there. So in my opinion, bike sharing does help local businesses.
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