More and more travelers are taking advantage of shared transport networks to get to where they want to go in the way they want to get there. Liquid is a matchmaking site that has created a bike rental market out of idle bicycles owned by individuals. First launched in both New York and San Francisco, the service matches those that want to ride a bike with bike owners not using their bike. The social rental network matches desired bike type, location, size and accessories – like helmet, lock, lights, etcetera – with bike owners who have listed their bikes as available for set hourly, weekly and monthly rates. Liquid, in turn, insures participating bicycles, facilitates the payment transactions and markets listed bikes.
For safeguarding against theft, damage or other unforeseen problems, every ride is protected up to $5,000 in order to encourage more users to list their own bicycles and grow the service. By increasing access to transportation alternatives, urban commuters are given a greater range of choices to get to their destination.
Winka Dubbeldam, celebrated architect and principal of Archi-Tectonics has most recently lent her expertise to a crowdsourced plan to revitalize Bogota, Colombia called MyIdealCity. She believes that the future of urban planning is in shared transport:
By understanding denser urbanization also as the trend to live where one works, one will immediately reduce further the amount of commuters and hence traffic and pollution.
The service offered by Liquid is in line with the trend of shared transport, whereby travelers are utilizing social transportation sharing networks to pool resources around shared needs, enabling drivers and passengers to easily connect and travel together during busy commuting times. By relying on peer-to-peer networks which encourage the sharing of resources, shared transport removes excess vehicles from the road, limits fuel costs, and builds community.
By pooling resources around shared needs, these systems enable vehicle owners and passengers to easily connect and travel together during busy times. Shared Transport adds a social layer of efficiency on our current transportation infrastructure.
Over the next 6 months, PSFK will be covering urban trends that are changing the cities we live in at psfk.com/my-ideal-city. Contribute your ideas to the future of a city at the MyIdealCity site.