Managing the Melbourne Bike Share system should be easy – users pick up a bicycle from their local station, go for a ride, and then check it back in at their destination. However in the real world it is more complex, as there needs to be a mix of spare bikes and empty docking bays available at each location.
As times goes on, some stations start to collect bicycles, like this one down at Docklands.
Others stations in busy locations (like Federation Square) see a mix of incoming and outgoing riders.
While stations like this one never see people drop off bikes – riding to the top of the hill is too much work!
The solution to the problem is a fleet of staff to shuffle bicycles around the city.
They visit the docking stations with too many bikes, and load up their ute.
Then ferry them to locations lacking bicycles.