Balancing Bike-Share Stations Has Become a Serious Scientific Endeavor
J Thoendell stashed this in Misc
Some top mathematicians and computer scientists are devoting time to the problem.
Even with a good algorithm, the dynamics of city traffic make it tough for rebalancing trucks to get from Station A to Station B in time. In New York, the trucks have such a hard time maneuvering at rush-hour that the operator of Citi Bike has employed riders to shuttle little trailers capable of holding three bikes at a time. Last week, Citi Bike officials told the blog Bowery Boogie that these trailers are "much more effective" at weaving through traffic, especially over short distances.