Around our anniversary we like to consider our future as a facilitator of cycling in DC. We look forward to improving service simultaneously using less effort doing so. We like to borrow from tech companies ideas for productivity. There must be a better way to do something.
It is why we have no storefront. It is why we take payments online versus upon arrival. It is why we have daily rates as opposed to hourly options. Soon, we are transitioning to real-time inventory service, which will change they way the site operates and looks. It will have a Zipcar-like feel to it. We're almost ready to show you.
They say luck is where preparedness meets opportunity. It appears we have come across some good fortune by partnering with the Omni Shoreham Hotel and WABA. They expressed interest in our hardware for their patrons. The hotel will house a 15 bikes on the premises, operating from a rental kiosk inside their spa/gym area. These stored rentals would be hybrids available daily from sunrise to sunset only, at a lower rate than our usual deliveries.
WABA wants 13 to 24 bikes for their weekend morning adult cycling classes. Who are we to deny assistance? Every weekend morning, weather permitting, they have 3 hour classes at varied locations offering the rookie rider a way to learn skills on the cheap.
We know we will convince other luxury hotels that our service improves theirs by keeping them up to date with our Nation's Capital's title as a cycling destination and transportation option for sightseeing. Two wheels are better than four!
Finally, we are gathering the resources for this doubling of our fleet. But along with the increase on bikes, we stumbled upon a unique find. An electric van able to travel 100 miles per charge and 21 feet in length. It could potentially hold 20 to 24 bicycles with the right equipment. This van was only sold to fortune 500 companies willing to experiment with this expensive piece of technology. It will make a great upgrade from our 2015 Nissan Leaf we modified to carry 12 bikes.
UPDATE: We have partnered with the Four Seasons Washington, DC in October 2016. Their guests will also have immediate access to a great bicycle, helmet and lock.
UPDATE: We will be completing expansion plans in 2017: van purchase, fleet update & increase.