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thelakelander

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Re: Bike Share Program Proposed for Jacksonville
« Reply #105 on: December 05, 2019, 12:04:05 PM »


During a recent trip to Uptown Charlotte, they seemed to be managed well. In fact, they seemed to attract people to Uptown by being a "thing to do" in the central business district that wasn't offered in other areas of the city. The place felt alive even on a Sunday, which is much more than what we can say locally.  While things like bike share are minor when isolated, the situation is a microcosm of a larger dark cloud hanging over downtown.

We have too many dinosaurs with hands in the cookie jar of the decision making process. It's not the 1980s anymore. At some point, we'll need to decide if we just want to be a place that looks nice for those driving on I-95 to South Florida and Orlando or if we really want life and vibrancy in the CBD. Life and vibrancy will mean allowing things, processes, places and people that we've avoided traditionally.



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Re: Bike Share Program Proposed for Jacksonville
« Reply #106 on: December 06, 2019, 04:00:05 PM »
Now that bike share systems around the world are dying  (because of scooters) COJ will say they were smart not to do anything

No worries, scooters will burn out just the same.  These things are largely a fad enabled by silly amounts of capital desperately chasing even the craziest of investments.     As the baby boomers are nearly 1/2 retired, that capital's going to be drying up.  A lot of these companies won't be around after that.

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Re: Bike Share Program Proposed for Jacksonville
« Reply #107 on: December 06, 2019, 04:16:43 PM »
As the baby boomers are nearly 1/2 retired, that capital's going to be drying up. 

You do realize that the allocation of capital extends beyond US baby boomers, yes? Money doesn't only come to the US by way of wooden ships carrying Spanish bullion and British silver any longer.

 

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Re: Bike Share Program Proposed for Jacksonville
« Reply #108 on: December 06, 2019, 10:30:27 PM »
I'm 50 and I use bikeshares everywhere I go.  When we were in DC a few months ago there were lines at bikeshare stations waiting for bikes and people of every age were riding.
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Re: Bike Share Program Proposed for Jacksonville
« Reply #109 on: December 08, 2019, 12:26:43 PM »
As the baby boomers are nearly 1/2 retired, that capital's going to be drying up. 

You do realize that the allocation of capital extends beyond US baby boomers, yes? Money doesn't only come to the US by way of wooden ships carrying Spanish bullion and British silver any longer.

 

What happens when the biggest, wealthiest generation ever retires?   They take their money out of investments and put it into cash.  This biggest generation ever exists everywhere, western Europe, China, Brazil, et al.   Other than the US, not a damn one of them has a replacement generation.  They're all falling off a demographic cliff.

There will be still be capital looking for investments.  But it's a return to normal.  It won't be easy to find investors willing to throw $1.6 billion at a company that has all of $16m / year in revenue.


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Re: Bike Share Program Proposed for Jacksonville
« Reply #110 on: December 08, 2019, 05:23:50 PM »
^ The echo boom (millenials) is almost as big - and they are the driving force behind the disruptive economy that brings us things like bike share and scooters.

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Re: Bike Share Program Proposed for Jacksonville
« Reply #111 on: December 08, 2019, 07:31:58 PM »
In the generational wars - bicycle infrastructure is cheaper than automobile infrastructure.  Guess which one will when the money dries up.
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