I believe I’ve mentioned this before: I don’t get bike-share programs.
I’m not against them. I have no problem with them in any cultural, political, or economic way (unlike, say, Dorothy Rabinowitz). I simply do not understand how they can possibly work, i.e. actually attract enough users to make the system pay. And by “pay” I do not mean profit. I don’t see how such systems can even pay to maintain the bicycles that surely take a beating.
But apparently they do work. The system I saw in Antwerp last summer was surprisingly robust (from the perspective of a 6-hour walk around the city). Cities keep building these systems. So something must be going right — right?