Re: WorldTransport Forum Re: bike/transit
- Apparently the lease on the station buildings was terminated and the bike hire operation has unfortunately moved to the Canal in Lancaster. The buildings will now be quite likely empty, unused and turn the station into a target for vandalism and abuse, as the Property Agents based naturally in London offices remote from the real world, refuse to rent out premises at (theoretically) below market rent whilst costing a deal more in deterioration and lack of public/economic activity - many kiosks which drive other activity on a rail station have shut up for this very reason.
So UK folk please try to get an outlet (but not necessarily the full shop) for bike hire back on or near Lancaster Station.
In Boston MA OTOH the principles promoted by the Project for Public Spaces sees small street trading stalls subsidised as these drag down the speed of passing pedestrian traffic and as a result more people then go into the main stores on those streets, and spend more money. A working kiosk on a station will actually save money on dull and confrontational security patrols and through the natural surveillance provide a far more effective form of station security - at a lower cost overall.
Put George Smiley (MI6-retired) behind the counter and you'll have an interesting take on managing terrorism, after all any security measure which entails flak jackets, and action man gear with weapons on display quite frankly demonstrates that it has failed. Ask any person involved seriously in providing security for the real sources of power & influence and they will admit that if they have to make any rushed move or even draw a weapon than they have completely failed to manage the situation, the best ones don't even carry firearms.
Given that security and freedom to travel have demands which are diametrically opposed that could make an intersting debate for WTPP folk.
Now pass through any UK or US airport and judge how effective the security services are, or look at places like Downing Street and remember that as much as the concrete and steel stop people getting in they also stop people getting out in a hurry