Personally, I am not impressed. Usually one of the big draws for the mass transit systems are the airports. I once looked at getting to the airport from my former work location via bus: 4 plus hours vs. 30 minutes via car. Houston mass transit also shutdowns the service and roll up the sidewalks at 6:00 P.M. My comparisons are to New York, Washington DC, London, Paris, Bangkok and Singapore, the latter being the best by far. To be fair in the other cities I mentioned there are huge numbers of people who use the transit systems which increase the level of service that can be provided. At the time I was not interested in how "bike friendly" these other services were and I can not imagine maneuvering a bicycle among some of those crowded conveyances.arkmundi wrote:I made a point of getting a MetroCard and exploring the gains Houston has made towards public transit.
The LEEDS PBJ system has a 24 volt 2.6 Ah battery paired to a Bafang front hub (no idea which one). They claim a weight of 7 pounds and range of about 4 miles (15 -23 mph). I believe the controler is a simple on (full power)/off system. I can well imagine the battery, controller and display of that system integrated into a single box that clamps to the handle bar. That was kind of my concept starting point. I would like a tad more battery ... but not much.arkmundi wrote:You only need 5 miles of range, so get a battery that does that and no more. A battery in the 9-12 amp-hour range should suffice.
Reference (PBJ E-BIKE KIT): http://www.e-bikerig.com/products/PBJ-e-bike-kit-samsung-li-ion-front-wheel.html