Bike sharing and job centers

Yonah Freemark writes:

But most American cities have no choice but to include their primary, monofunctional, business districts in their bike sharing plans simply because those business districts are in the center of the city. It will be interesting to watch Washington, D.C. and other cities attempt to cope with the problem of the unidirectional commute as their inhabitants get used to biking to and from work, but London’s experience makes clear what they’re likely to experience.

link: Can Bike Sharing Work in Cities With Monofunctional Job Centers? « The Transport Politic

So this is one of the bottom-line conundrums of the sustainable transport connection. Because in general, this sort of unidirectional commute is *perfect* for rail transit. You want to load up linear corridors. It’s just that you need need bikes and walking to fill up the spaces in-between transit stops.

So maybe one of the answers is that you create a subscription service that includes a transit and bike pass. You use the train for line-haul, you hop off and the same pass gets you a bike to share.

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