Better use for $4M
So now we have the financially distressed City of Pittsburgh contemplating spending $4 million to install bike docking stations and fill them with 500 of the two-wheeled, eco-friendly transports (“Pittsburgh to rent bikes around the city next year,” March 12 and TribLIVE.com). What a concept.
A few questions:
Who will maintain the stations and the bikes (especially during the winter)? Sounds like hiring more city workers (with full benefits/pension, of course).
Who replaces the bikes when they are vandalized/stolen?
We don't need docking stations, as we already have them on the front of Port Authority buses — the bike racks installed a while ago, which are mostly empty at all times — and they're mobile.
Let's save the $4 million planned for bikes and spend it on converting diesel-powered buses to run on compressed natural gas. It's cleaner, cheaper, available locally and keeps U.S. money out of Arab nations' hands.