JLowe2018 wrote:Does anyone know why you can't use cash at the Bike Stations?
I've wanted to try riding these but being a student and not having a credit card of some sort, I'm unable to use them. Adding a pay with cash option like a vending machine would probably really help increase ridership especially with those who have less money and can't afford a car.
1. the pricing model would need to be redone
$x per rental it+ $y per 30 minutes
how much do you pay up front for your rental? if you keep it longer how do they ensure you pay more at the end? And how do they do automated refunds in cash
2. theft of bikes
if you keep the bike they can charge your card
3. increased operations cost around retrieving the cash from the machines and depositing it
4. price increases to account for cash theft. you would be paying around the city at spots on the side of the road that would be easy targets