As a cap to the i3 competiton, Harvard hosted the Innovation Shocase to put a lot of the many student projects in display. CB went into this with the intention of getting attention and creating buzz. How? Very simple by being almost obnoxiously conspicuos. Mission Accomplished!
Our presence was complemented by our videos playing on loop on a 27″ iMac and one of our prototype bikes on display on one of our bright red repair stands. Apparently we were the talk of the evening!
It’s been a busy week for CrimsonBikes. We’ve been at work on our presentation for the past week and finally got a chance to present today. It’s been a fun road since yours truly was tasked with presenting. Don’t get me wrong, I love nothing more than getting up in front of a bunch of people and talking about CB. The problem was the 5 minute limit to speak to the finer points of CB, our mission and our vision. You’d be surprised at how hard that is. Being the founder of this program, I know and am invested in every single detail of it. Trying to condense its best attributes into short talking points is like a parent singling out their “favorite” child.
What I chose to do: instead of talking about the most imporatant ideas of CrimsonBikes, talk about the biggest ideas and visions that we have for the future.
That centered around the fact that CrimsonBikes has developed the world’s only self-sustaining bike sharing model and our ambition to build a network of bike shares on campuses and in communities across the country. Continue reading
Hey Folks! If you haven’t seen it already, check out The Crimson’s glowing article of us and Hubway in today’s print edition. The online article came out last week.
Somewhat on a whim, three weeks ago. we threw together a last-minute application in the i3 competition. Given the timing, we didn’t expect much outside of some constructive feedback. However, it looks like we swung much better than that. I got the following email yesterday.
Out of 84 candidates, CB is one of 8 semifinalists for the HSA Award. We will be making a presentation later this month. Stay tuned!
In talking with CommuterChoice, one of CB’s biggest fans among Harvard brass, we’ve floated the idea (a few times) of potentially taking on the Departmental Bike Program at Harvard. It’s a program that has the potential for a lot of impact (30+ bikes for faculty and staff use), but because of several reasons, doesn’t get used nearly as much as some would like to see.
CB running the Departmental Bike Program makes perfect sense for both sides. Harvard would get a dedicated online system, standalone technology to manage use, and on-site support – not to mention the backing of the most efficient bike sharing program in the country. At the same time, CB would be able to move closer to its ultimate goal to build a truly integrated campus bike share that equally serves students, faculty and staff.
The discussions are still in their infancy, but this could be a major game changer. On an interesting note, the addition of the DBP would make CB the largest university bike share in the US!
So, towards the end of last semester, We began talking with the folks over at the Law School Library about bike sharing. HLS has an AWESOME program called the Read & Ride BikeShare. We love it! Now, after admiring them from afar, CrimsonBikes will begin managing the program’s memberships, fleet and maintenance.
As a member of the CrimsonBikes Team, I might be a little biased about the value of our bikes. HOWEVER, I thought I would do a testimonial nonetheless for the sake of illustrating how much of a difference having a bike to ride can make for you over the course of the day (in small ways or big), because up until this week, I had not actually taken advantage of the rental service myself. And now that I have…I don’t know how I have gone without a bike for so long!! I can leave my apartment in Somerville almost 15 minutes later than if I were walking to work; I clear my head on the streets as I am riding along; and my stress is reduced simply by knowing that a trusty bike is waiting for me outside, locked to a post, ready to take me wherever I need to go. Continue reading