Bike Nation another Pringle failure

The Platinum Triangle isn't former Mayor Curt Pringle's only failure in Anaheim. Take a look at this article about Bike Nation from The OC Register. Only 1 new rider per day. Pathetic. The real story here is that Kris Murray and Gail Eastman gave Bike Nation free use of public land to peddle their bike rentals. 

ANAHEIM- A new bike-sharing program has brought in about one customer a day since beginning in mid-January.

Bike Nation opened three kiosks in Anaheim that allow customers to rent bicycles for rides or errands. In its first 28 days of operation, 30 people had rented bikes, said Derek Fretheim, Bike Nation's chief operating officer.

Gail Eastman

Gail Eastman

A Bike Nation kiosk is set up at the train station by Angel Stadium. 

The City Council approved the program last spring, allowing up to 10 kiosks with 100 bikes. The city, one of the first to sign on with the Tustin company, gave no money to Bike Nation.

Fretheim said he expects business to pick up when the weather warms up, noting that five days have been rainy.

"A lot of people are really interested in the system," Fretheim said.

So far, bicycles are available at the Honda Center, the train station by Angel Stadium of Anaheim and the Anaheim Convention Center. Employees regularly go to the self-serve kiosks to check on them.

Fretheim said the Honda Center location has been more popular than founders anticipated, so Bike Nation planned to add four docks to the existing six this week. Some riders pick up bikes at Honda Center and ride along the Santa Ana River Trail.

Most users have rented at the Convention Center.

Riders can rent bikes for $6 per day or $75 a year. Rental is free for the first 30 minutes.

Fretheim said the program has some local annual members, but they had yet to use bikes as of last week.