I’m sad to say it, but I’m not sure what was up with the bike share system in Rome. Almost every station I encountered was empty of bikes, and in many cases was occupied by another use, ranging from motorized scooter parking to pigeon hangouts. The one exception I encountered was in Villa Borghese, a large park in the city center, where people were renting bikes to use on the very bikeable paths in the park.
I found one take on the whole situation on a blog called Rome the Second Time, which I discovered through a google search. Check it out here.
With my little knowledge of the city, my best guess would be that it’s a very difficult city to bike in, and therefore to launch a bike share program in. The streets are very hilly and traffic can be a little crazy. Many of the streets are also “rough terrain,” with cobblestones, etc. But obviously there was some hope at some point, and its been tried, as there are stations around.
I would love to know more about what went wrong and what the future plans are for the system.
Bike share in Brussels, Belgium
Bike share in Perpignan, France