Share and share a bike

These OnzO bikes turned up a couple months ago. Auckland was relatively late to hop on the municipal bike share concept, but OK, better late than never.

The OnzO idea is interesting in that you don’t have to return the bike to a docking station… you just park it, lock it’s self-contained lock, and walk away.

I signed up for the app.

It seemed like there weren’t enough bikes to be really useful in my daily life, and so I hadn’t actually rented one yet.

Then over the New Years break, they added a whole shipment more bikes. I was so impressed on January 2 that I took a screenshot of my route to and from work…

Every yellow dot is a bike… there was one every fifty meters!

But a week later, where did they all go???

Neat idea, but more work needed.

Why-heke

Waiheke Island sits just a few miles off the coast, but for complicated microclimate and zoning reasons has turned into a significant wine production and tourism destination. You take a 40-minute ferry ride, then bike or bus or scooter around from beach to winery to shoppe all day and come back in the evening. Or, you rent a house and do the same thing for longer.

I can see the appeal… it’s beautiful. But we went on New Year’s Weekend, one of the absolute busiest days of the year. It was hot, and crowded, and it turns out wineries and shoppes on Waiheke (none of which are more than 20 or 30 years old) look an awful lot like their counterparts in other places.

Next time we go, it will be for the company we are in, or for a longer stay at a non-peak time.