last week I experienced the inevitable result of the lack of useage: lack of docking slots. when bikes aren't used, there aren't the number of empty slots necessary to receive bikes, unless there is an active management of those, which can't always keep up to date.
along with work colleagues I use the bike share scheme to travel between my office in southbank to meetings in docklands. i call this the "guilty pleasure", as it is simply the most enjoyable and quickest way to travel between those two locations. because of the lack of use of those bikes there can be a lack of empty spaces to park the bike. last week we got really caught out by this and had to pass by two docking stations before we could find a third which had empty slots. the distance we then had to walk back to our destination was over 600 metres- and of course we were late for our meeting. yes, we do use the spotcycle app, but the availability of slots can change and you don't always want to stop to pull out the iphone again.
when heading down to docklands again this week i considered using the train instead to avoid the uncertainty we experienced the week before.
so that's really interesting- even dedicated cyclists will hesitate because of the inherent flaws which stem almost completely from mandatory helmet laws. there is no doubt that on the route that i travel, which for the entire distance avoids roads, on the bike i am a "faster pedestrian" rather than a "slower vehicle". while i am travelling slightly faster than pedestrians, i nevertheless behave like a pedestrian, my movements are similar to those of pedestrians, and i travel where the pedestrians travel. the requirement for a helmet is simply nonsensical.