Free Happy Hour For All Bike Listers in San Francisco

 

T’was the month of Christmas, and all through the house, my favorite microbrews just couldn’t be found. Alas I remembered, the Spinlister “8 Crazy Nights” of December! From 6PM to 7PM in different locations, my favorite beers sitting awaiting. Simply show up with my phone to prove I have listed, then let the beer drinking help to make bad decisions!

Spinlister would like to personally thank every lister in San Francisco for sharing their bike with others. We will be hosting a complimentary happy hour from 6PM to 7PM at different locations around the city for 8 straight days starting December 7, 2014. Simply show up with your phone, show us your listing, and have a few drinks on us.

If you haven’t listed already, simply get on Spinlister.com, iOS app, or Android app and list your bike. It takes less than 3 minutes to list and all bikes are insured up to $10,000 for theft or damage.

Free Happy Hour For All Bike Listers in Los Angeles

 

T’was the month of Christmas, and all through the house, my favorite microbrews just couldn’t be found. Alas I remembered, the Spinlister “8 Crazy Nights” of December! From 6PM to 7PM in different locations, my favorite beers sitting awaiting. Simply show up with my phone to prove I have listed, then let the beer drinking help to make bad decisions!

Spinlister would like to personally thank every lister in Los Angeles for sharing their bike with others. We will be hosting a complimentary happy hour from 6PM to 7PM at different locations around the city for 8 straight days starting December 8, 2014. Simply show up with your phone, show us your listing, and have a few drinks on us.

If you haven’t listed already, simply get on Spinlister.com, iOS app, or Android app and list your bike. It takes less than 3 minutes to list and all bikes are insured up to $10,000 for theft or damage.

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The 21st Century French (Biking) Revolution

France’s most recent, relatively unsung revolution had no landmark catalyst like the infamous storming of the Bastille prison in 1789. In fact, its humble beginnings took place hundreds of miles away from the French capital. Still, you could argue that the results of this uprising, however subtle, have had no less of a global impact.

By the closing decade of the 20th century, several European cities had begun making incremental improvements to an outdated “bike sharing” concept that , by this point, had already been in existence some 30 years. These included Vienna, Portsmouth and, to absolutely no one’s surprise, Copenhagen. Yet it wasn’t until the 2005 release of Lyon’s Vélo’v that the notion of a citywide public biking system made the transition from superfluous to sexy.

And as with all things sexy, heads began to turn.

Prior to 2005, biking made up a whopping 1.5% of Lyon’s overall transportation sector – a figure that placed it well outside the realms of pedal-based powerhouses like Amsterdam and Seville. It was therefore understandable that the city’s initial goal in implementing a new, high-tech public bike share had nothing to do with lofty visions of a transpo-cultural revolution. Instead, officials focused on moderate reductions in Lyon’s growing level of vehicular traffic.

Safe. Sensible.

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In the 7 months that followed Vélo’v’s introduction, however, the extent of the system’s success simply could not be overstated. Residents quickly took to both the novelty and efficiency of electronically released, single use bikes available on demand. Coupled with low pricing models, a generous distribution of stations and enhanced cycling infrastructure, it wasn’t long before membership topped 15,000, and by December of its inaugural year Vélo’v’s 1,500 bikes were being used an average of 6.5 times per day. This would be followed shortly thereafter by an overall bike traffic increase of nearly 500%.

Intended or not, the revolution had begun; and Paris, a city that plays second fiddle to no one (particularly when it comes to social uprisings), would not be left behind.

As with other notably successful additions to the Parisian city-scape, the idea of public bike sharing was initially met with a certain…how shall we say…disdainful skepticism by city residents. Many a cigarette was lit and many a glass of Bourgogne imbibed amid conversations that included such classic Parisian phrases as “inevitable failure” and “waste of taxpayer money”. Nevertheless in July of 2007, then-Paris-mayor Bertrand Delanoë officially rolled out the French capital’s Vélib’ system, a playful combination of the words vélo (bike) and liberté (freedom). It would go on to become one of the defining accomplishments of his political tenure, and change the face of bike sharing forever.

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Which isn’t to say the going was always idyllic.

After a slew of various initial hiccups ranging from vandalism to rampant theft, Vélib’ would remain an unprofitable venture for the first 4 years of its existence. This, however, didn’t stop cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Rio de Janiero, and Washington DC from launching their own public bike shares in 2008, bolstered by the sight of a major metropolitan hub like Paris diving more-or-less successfully into the pool head first. For a time, new bike shares modeled after the French capital’s began launching at a rate of nearly one per month.

Today Vélib’ continues to be a leader in bike sharing throughout the world, with a staggering market penetration rate of nearly one bike for every 97 residents. That translates to over 20,000 2-wheelers circulating between 1,230 stations citywide, and a daily ridership of just under 100k.

Yet as with all successful revolutions, the continued prosperity of France’s recent foray into bike-sharing will depend heavily on its ability to adapt to the changing needs of its riders.

And just what are these needs? Well for starters, there are the bikes themselves. At 23 kg, or just under 51 lbs, it would be a stretch to call the 3-speed goliaths that make up Vélib’s (and just about every other public bike share’s) fleet a “joy to ride.” One might be excused for saying they are to fun what Gérard Depardieu is to sobriety. Then there’s the immobility of the stations themselves, requiring either a gargantuan city-wide effort to accommodate all possible destinations or, as is more regularly the case, a lack of consistent availability depending on location and time of day. Toss in the need for proactive steps with regard to bike infrastructure and safety and the hurdles quickly begin to pile up.

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To stay ahead of the curve, French cities and citizens alike will have to think creatively to help supplement institutionalized and often cumbersome bikeshares like Vélo’v and Vélib’. Spinlister is one such solution. The U.S.-based bike sharing site/app is just beginning to branch out into European waters, offering its members the freedom to choose the bikes and pickup/dropoff locations that best suit their needs. The P2P nature of its service also means that listers and riders can lend safety gear like locks, lights, and helmets, as well as exchange personal tips and insights that might just come in handy if you’re one of the 30+ million tourists visiting the City of Light every year. But this is just one in a host of potential avenues to consider moving forward.

For the time being, it remains to be seen what the future has in store for Wired.com’s home of 4 of the top 20 biking cities in 2015. That said, the next time you find yourself pedaling the streets on a low cost, rented set of wheels, give a well deserved ring of the bell to the country that made bike sharing a household name in the 21st century. It may not elicit the macabre excitement of the guillotine, but as far as the overall value of revolutionary inventions is concerned well, this one’s a no brainer.

GO ON A ROMANTIC TANDEM RIDE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

What better way to say ‘I love you’ this Valentine’s Day than with a tandem bike ride rental?! In the spirit of love we want to show off some of our favorite tandem bikes listed around the world and available for rent this weekend! Show us your romantic rides by tagging #MySpinlister

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Free Happy Hour For All Bike Listers in Austin Texas

T’was the month of Christmas, and all through the house, my favorite microbrews just couldn’t be found. Alas I remembered, the Spinlister “8 Crazy Nights” of December! From 6PM to 7PM in different locations, my favorite beers sitting awaiting. Simply show up with my phone to prove I have listed, then let the beer drinking help to make bad decisions!

Spinlister would like to personally thank every lister in Austin, Texas for sharing their bike with others. We will be hosting a complimentary happy hour from 6PM to 7PM at different locations around the city for 8 straight days starting December 2, 2014. Simply show up with your phone, show us your listing, and have a few drinks on us.

If you haven’t listed already, simply get on Spinlister.com, iOS app, or Android app and list your bike. It takes less than 3 minutes to list and all bikes are insured up to $10,000 for theft or damage.

Chicago Bike Rentals

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What Does Spinlister Have That Other Chicago Bike Rental Services Don’t?

Every week, more and more people are hearing about Spinlister – a new bike rental service that’s available in Chicago, and around the country. By combining the very best of social media, e-commerce, and mobile convenience, it’s a new way to rent a ride that has a lot of people talking.

But is Spinlister just another app, or something more? Here are just some of the things we can offer you that other Chicago bike rental services can’t:

The ability to rent a bike in Chicago from your own phone, tablet, or computer. Imagine being able to find the perfect bike to rent from the convenience of your own home, or even wherever you happen to be when you realize you need one. Because the Spinlister app works on computers, tablets, and even smartphones, you can shop through bikes available to rent in your area from anywhere that you can get a web connection.

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Triathlon Bike Rentals

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Why Spinlister Is a New Favorite on the Triathlon Circuit

Have you ever wished there was a better way to rent a triathlon bike?

Just completing a race of any length – whether it’s your first sprint or a full ironman – can be wonderfully exhilarating. Traveling to a triathlon away from your home area, however, turns the sporting event into an entirely different type of adventure. Not only do you get to see a different course and meet lots of competitors, but you can turn your triathlon trip into a family vacation or romantic getaway at the same time.

In fact, there’s just one problem with traveling to a triathlon site, and it’s an issue that almost any experienced racer is familiar with: the hassle of traveling with your triathlon bike… or worse, having to rent one when you arrive.
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Bike Rentals and Bike Sharing in Austin TX

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Bike Sharing in Austin with Spinlister.

You don’t visit Austin – much less live here – unless you like having a good time and making the most of our wonderful climate. That means there’s always going to be a healthy demand for bike rentals in our part of Texas.

But even though we want you to spend lots of hours zooming around on two wheels and having a great time, Spinlister is out to change the way bike rentals in Austin work. With our online service, we’re looking to make the process cheaper, easier, and even more fun.

To see how, the first thing you should do is check out our website and download our free app. Then, you’ll probably discover there are a few reasons online bike rental is perfect for Austin:

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Rent and Ride the Los Angeles River

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Rent and Ride the Los Angeles River

The Los Angeles River Bicycle Path is a short bicycle path within the LA Metro area that skirts the river and provides a safe riding location for bikers in the city.

If you’re looking for an easy way to get outside and explore the Los Angeles area without the worries of maneuvering through it’s crazy traffic, renting a bike is your best option. It’s well-known that the Los Angeles River isn’t one of the most beautiful nature scenes but in the middle of the city it offers a little view of escape. The added foliage and trees that line the river bank freshen the air.

The Los Angeles River area is currently being revitalized by local nonprofit groups and your use of the Los Angeles River Bicycle Path can show support for the area. If you don’t own a bike you can rent a bicycle on Spinlister from local Los Angeles bike owners.

Share in the community of Los Angeles bike owners who can earn a little extra cash by listing your bicycles for rent on Spinlister. With our easy to use Spinlister app you can search for bikes in the area based on type and price as well as click on the opportunities that are nearest to you. Simply go the map and reserve a bike from a local owner!

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New York City Bike Rental – your favorite new site

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New York City can be the perfect place to rent a bike. In a lot of neighborhoods, cycling is actually faster than taking a cab, or even the subway, and it’s a lot healthier, too. Whether you want to sightsee on your vacation, or just venture off the beaten path in Central Park, having the right bike there when you need it can make all the difference.

What hasn’t always been perfect, though, is the process of actually renting a bike in New York City. Even the best bike shops usually have a very limited selection, prices and deposits are high, and you don’t always get the bike you were promised. Plus, you could be subject to a very restrictive rental agreement that requires you to return the bike at an inconvenient time or face high service charges if you don’t.

Clearly, it’s time for a new way of handling bike rentals in New York City, for both residents and tourists.
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