Young people are flocking back to cities, and many of them are leaving their cars behind in favor of their feet, public transit, and of course bicycles. Spinlister wants to create a peer-to-peer bike-sharing network that is expanding to include both surfboards and skiiing/snowboarding equipment.
The concept is simple enough, allowing bike owners to rent out their vehicles to people in town needing a mode of transportation that’s more affordable than a car, but more personal than public transit. WIth a growing number of cyclists nationwide, the concept may have more weight to it than at first glance, especially with the attractive pricing model that offers hourly, daily, and weekly rates. Most bikes rent for between $15 and $40 a day, or $70 to $150 for the week, which is about one-third of what a rental car would set you back.
For a couple looking to see the sights without being stuck in a car, it’s an attractive option…though there are already plenty of bike-rental places in most cities with any sort of biking culture. Spinlister does guarantee to replace your bike or equipment in case of damage or theft (up to $10,000 for bikes), and it does have a certain appeal, especially if you’ve purchased a bike that you don’t ride all that much.
It could work, but I have a feeling that this idea is a little too niche right now, but you can never tell with these things.