Another trip to Brisbane gave me the pleasure of another go at the Brisbane’s bike share scheme Citycycle. I’ve done a more in depth review previously so this will mostly be about my experience this time.
This trip I hadn’t really planned to use it but an opertunity came up where its use was both convenient and cheap. So I signed up on my phone and got to it. Or I would have if it wasn’t for compulsory helmet laws.
I walked past 4 stations with bikes but no helmets. Feeling frustrated and running low on time, I looked up on the council website for the closest shop to sell the cheap citycycle helmet. They didn’t have any but offered to sell me a regular helmet for somewhat more. I declined.
So I hightailed it to King George Square which seems to be the only station I have regularly encountered with helmets. Thankfully, they had some. But only 3 out of over 30 bikes. The helmet seemed clean enough.
So, I finally got on a bike and. went on my merry way to West End via the Kurilpa Bridge. A very nice journey which took in Brisbane’s only separated bike lane.
I wasn’t sure where my final destination was so I did a quick swap out at South Brisbane train station. Stations in the South Bank region are not where I would have expected them to be.
I continued on to West End finding the meet up point but no docking stations near by. I tried to look up station locations on my phone but it doesn’t let you browse anything but the limited mobile site. I did a bit of cruising and found a station only to find out on its map that there was a much closer station to my destination. I took the helmet with me for insurance for the ride home.
Socialization out if the way, I took a very direct trip back to the city which was mainly bike lane.
To sum up:
Again, I felt Citycycle is being let down by compulsory helmet laws. Helmets were much harder to find this trip than last. I only saw 4 helmets in the 8 or so stations I past. Very poor odds.
The routes I took this time were mostly bike lane or better so I did feel very comfortable about the riding.
They need an online station map that is mobile phone accessible. Even if it is a dodgy JPEG rather than a more sophisticated Google map. The continual redirect to the mobile site even when direct linking to other pages makes it unusable from a phone for anything other than signing up.
I saw 3 other people on the bikes. A suited man, a smart casual female and a very casual young male.
I saw two tourists trying to use the system but gave up due to lack of information on use at the station