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LETTER: Bike share system secretive on numbers

Re: Bike share program limping along (Aug. 7)
Over the last number of months I have been contacting other Social Bicycles bike-share programs that are up and running, as opposed to being in the planning stages.
They are all small systems at airports and expansive campuses. None are operating in a city as large as Hamilton.
To date, SoBi Hamilton has refused to reveal how many memberships have been sold, but we know from city staff estimates that 4,500 yearly memberships need to be sold and 15,000 casual members paying $5 per hour to rent these bicycles will also be needed to float a non-profit 750-bike system. This might explain their secrecy and anemic bike station installation pace.
Just under two weeks until September, their revised proposed launch date for the system. One would have to believe in miracles and the tooth fairy to think this will actually happen.
Mark-Alan Whittle
Hamilton Mountain

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