Another Reason To Love Europe...

Submitted by: lostinkorea 6 years ago
http://www.good.is/post/dublin-s-bike-sharing-system-might-be-the-most-successful-in-the-world/

Would this type of socialism ever work in the US?
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Male 815
we have this in sao paulo, brazil....and rio de janeiro..doesnt work all that well, tho...
and the credit card thing is a great idea!
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Male 229
That`s awesome good for them! I hope that other countries can adapt something like this. I know America can`t because we are a country of fat drats. :(
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Male 716
My city, in the US, plans to implement this. Free showers too in order to entice businesspeople to ride to work.


As to people who are arguing, everywhere in the world has their own problems. No place is great. They all suck.


I want that fixed ASAP.
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Female 6
They have this in Denver in Capital Hill, everyone loves it!
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Female 444
6,5 euros is EXPENSIVE for four hours!
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Male 180
Awesome idea. Would work best in U.S. if private companies did this. Don`t wait around for gov`t to screw it up and then make taxpayers pay for it.

U.S. is fat because (a) we eat bad food, (b) we watch too much teevee, and (c) we have no more shame.
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Male 3,482
[quote]They`re a bunch of roostery, over-rated snobs[/quote]
F*ck the censors, but I think you get my point.
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Male 3,482
[quote]That`s why you are fat America and Europe isn`t.[/quote]
Go f*ck yourself and your nationalism.

They`re in America too.

This is why the world over hates Europe. They`re a bunch of roostery, over-rated snobs who think they`re better than everyone else, so they should be allowed to get away with whatever BS they can come up with.

Looks like that trait starting to rub off on the US, though...
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Male 4
One thing for sure is you`ll never see me migrating to europe. Now take a look at our immigration offices how filled they are of people from europe requesting visas to try and make the american dream. God bless america
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Male 877
Dublin`s bike sharing program, which launched back in September, has been a smashing success (as I imagine the Irish might say). The Dublin City Council is claiming it is "the most successful in the world by any measure." From the Global Post:



"Is maith sin" is a standard idiom. Since it would normally be said "`s maith sin", it seems to me to be the most likely origin of "smashing".
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Male 306
That`s why you are fat America and Europe isn`t. Britaind excluded!
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Female 48
I bet alot of tourist use these just to say they have.
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Male 3,482
[quote]The first reason winters34? The fact that you wouldnt exist of it wasnt for europeans? I think thats a good enough reason right there.[/quote]

Not if he`s Native American. If he`s Native American, he has an ASS-LOAD of reasons to hate you...

And there are plenty of reasons for plenty of other places in the world to hate a fair few European countries too...

You know, taking a quick look back at history... I think a lot of Europe doesn`t like America because we`re doing now what they did in the past better than they did when they did it... I mean, people hate the way the US tends to intrude in the matters of other countries... But it wasn`t long ago that many European countries basically enslaved entire populations half-way across the globe from their home land...

Not that America doesn`t suck, and isn`t so flooded with problems it`s almost better to let it drown and start over, but still...
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Female 258
oxyl, i go to college to learn to spell right.
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Male 418
i got to Canada to enjoy sudo legal pot, drink good Canadian beer, and be friendly to strangers....oh wait i live there
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Male 99
I go to Canada to..... Wait, who goes to Canada?
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Male 915
i go to Euprope to get laid. I go to the USA to get fat and stupid.
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Male 646
Mexico City is doing something like this as well and they are neither socialist, nor European
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Male 736
"It does annoy me that the huge amount of individual countries just get classed as `Europe` on this site..."

That`s because in an american`s view, there is America + Rest of the world.
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I just feel lucky they didn`t call us "The Artik", lol
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Male 5,013
@winters34

Reason number 2: Europe have more than 70% of artistic heritage in all world and if we want to talk about modern art and design what about "Ferrari", "Lamborghini", "Pagani", "Porsche"..?

Reason number 3: European cities and capitals are simply "AMAZING", what about
Rome, Paris, London, Berlin, Barcellona, Venezia...and thousand more.

Reason number 4: We sign the Kyoto protocol.

Reason number 5: In all Europe death sentence don`t exist.

Reason number 6: Mediterranean food is so various and in many cases not so fat and our knowledge in cookery is apreciated evrywhere.

Reason 7:We born here and we love here.

..............(to be continued?).......
..oups and last but not least what about Swedish,Italian,French,Spain and so on GIRLS?
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Male 2,332
"It does annoy me that the huge amount of individual countries just get classed as `Europe` on this site..."

That`s because in an american`s view, there is America + Rest of the world.
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Male 196
How is this Socialism? Government owns all bikes?
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Female 7,836
Great idea- I love this as I don`t drive. At home I have my own bike, but I certainly would not wish to travel with it. Cities with this scheme give me the chance to just mooch around, if I can stand the damn traffic!
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Female 49
Socialism? Do you ever think before saying anything? It`s just a way to reduce both traffic and CO2 emissions...

"A reason to love Ireland"... don`t label one country as "Europe", it gets tiresome."

Thank you.
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Male 131
It does annoy me that the huge amount of individual countries just get classed as `Europe` on this site...
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Male 3,285
The first reason winters34? The fact that you wouldnt exist of it wasnt for europeans? I think thats a good enough reason right there.
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Male 4
I`m still waiting for the first reason to love "Europe"
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Male 1,557
"A reason to love Ireland"... don`t label one country as "Europe", it gets tiresome.
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Male 448
It is not socialism indeed, but nothing is wrong with a bit of capitalism. Also, as others have mentioned already, the plan can hardly be called original, since the first time it was used was already in 1965 in Amsterdam.
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Female 36
They only just started doing this in London. And Boris made it like it was his idea, LIAR!!
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Male 17,512
Keegan31: If you did the math on that, It`s less than 42% of their population has used one of those bikes once during the past year. But let`s rearrange it, Since most people drive. That would also be 10% of their population using the a bike 4 times the past year, Or just 0.1% using them once a day.
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Male 2,005
ehh i live in sweden and we`ve have the same system for about 2 years
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Male 1,347
wait, why just europe? we have this in our city right now and it`s doing fine
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Male 5,194
Uhh, Europe? We already have these.
http://chicago.bcycle.com/
http://denver.bcycle.com/
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Female 654
also how cheap is a bike? go to a yard sell. 20 dollars and its yours forever
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Female 654
it would work if the regulations on it, were say, like our rules for buying sudafed. we ID the poo out of you, make at least two records of it, and take notes on your behavior and things you say to us while in the buying process. then charge you.
the thing that came to mind for me was, bike jacking...but seriusly thugs...there`s still cars out there, why are you after a bike?? you gonna chop shop it and sell it or sell it to four year olds on the street...
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Male 670
its nicer to have your own bike though
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Male 224
Naa it would fail in the states, even with the need of a credit card they`d get stole. Not because people want them but because they are there and people are stupid so they`d steal a credit card to steal this bike so they can toss it somewhere or destroy it for absolutly no reason except probably to make a youtube video.
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Male 228
@ Crakrjak "Notice that not many are actually being used."

Really?

“The scheme has exceeded all expectations,” said Finan. “Since its launch in September `09, we are heading for over 500,000 trips with a population of 1.2 million people in the Dublin region.”

Seems like they`re getting used. Or did you only look at the picture?
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Male 2,893
Nope, sorry. All the fu.cking street punks/skateboarders /Jackass wannabees would steal them and trash the sh.it out of them.
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Male 1,834
cool
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Male 8
they have it in Austin where you can use a card to get into any of the special smart cars, seems to work here, also i noticed they think Europe is better because it works there, unfortunately the article points out that it didn`t work in Paris.
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Male 243
That`s not socialism... O_o
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Male 17,512
Notice that not many are actually being used. They consider it a `success` just because they haven`t been stolen or vandalized much. A real success would be if you seen lots of people out riding them.
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Male 367
Wow, that credit card deal is a smart idea.
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Male 770
I have heard they are trying to start up something similar for cars in Pittsburgh, but so far all attempts at a start up have stalled.
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Male 5,013
We have this free bike program also in my city(Brescia,Italy) and seem to work very well.
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Female 612
We`re starting a free bike program at my university this year. There`s a lovely 7-mile path to another nearby university across the state line, so they can be used to go visit friends or experience the shopping they have over there. I don`t know how successful they`ll be on campus, though, since the school is one giant hill. One would think everybody would just use the bikes as a faster way to get down the hills, but no one would bring them back up...
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Male 1,107
I`m pretty sure we have this in portland. But then again, it`s been called the most european city in the U.S. We also have a car sharing system thats been pretty successful.
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Male 25,416
wouldnt be like that in most places tho!
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Male 37,888
I`m not giving up my suv for this
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Female 275
In Ashland & Milwaukee, WI, they have these programs with no problems at all.
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Male 603
French bike hire scheme in Paris had loads and loads of problems and they`re being retrofitted with trackers because of it...

I don`t like the london hire scheme bikes they just look queer. I`ll stick with my Corratec thank-you
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Male 3,057
There is a system just like this in place here in Minneapolis that they started this year. So far, there don`t seem to be any problems, and I see people using them everyday.
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Male 12,365
[quote]How the hell is that socialism?[/quote]

If it`s a non-profit scheme run by the government, then it could be seen as socialism.

If it`s a business run by a private company to make a profit, it`s capitalism.
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Female 1,435
we have these in london
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Female 79
They have them in loads of european cities
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Male 316
This would work in downtown areas but then the a$$wipes would complain that the bikes were using parking spaces. It would be good to try.
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Male 12,138
Go Ireland! Yes, we ARE that awesome.
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Male 311
How the hell is that socialism?
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Female 3,727
Link: Another Reason To Love Europe... [Rate Link] - Would this type of socialism ever work in the US?
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