Green Bikes could go the rental route
Green Bay's struggling "green bikes" program could be reborn next year under a pay-as-you-go approach with as many as 100 bicycles available citywide.
So Mr Zippin Pippin Mayor Schmitt wants to try it again.
The idea was to make bicycles available for free to the public to promote an alternative, eco-friendly transportation method.
About 26 bicycles have been stationed at various downtown locations, primarily in summer, with users expected to sign one out and return it later.
But the program has been plagued by thefts and vandalism.
So on the first round the bikes were free to the public, then stolen and vandalized. I am shocked that the bleeding heart liberal idea didn't work.
The city would need $300,000 to $400,000 to start the program.
Green Bay must have a surplus in their budget to want to spend money on a failed program a second time. Let's just take the 300K number. That's $3000 per bike. If it didn't work with free bikes from the city how will paying $3000 per bike make it work? So people steal Chevy Vega's but will not steal a Cadillac? You catch my drift?
You see what's going on here, Schmitt wants to leave a legacy and damned the torpedoes, he will make this work one way or another. Tax payers of Green Bay, bend over and let Schmitt jack your taxes up even higher. I wouldn't doubt he asks Brown County to split the cost.
One problem with the city's past efforts has been that users often were sporadic and impulsive, Schmitt said. The Trek program, he added, would allow serious environmental advocates to make bike-riding a part of their daily routines.
"It would attract the people we're going after," he said.
Doesn't that give you a warm soft fuzzy feeling in your heart, My, my! Attract more environmentalist to Green Bay.
Hey Mayor Schmitt, why not throw in a free ride ticket on the Zippin Pippin with every rental. People can rent bikes to go to Bay Beach.
When is Schmitt up for re election and will somebody run against him. Budgets are skyrocketing, the people spoke last Tuesday and the mayor of Green Bay wants to spend money he doesn't have on a program that will FAIL a second time. Mayor Schmitt, don't you have better things to do?
What's the definition of "INSANITY"?