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post #11 of 12 Old 11-30-2018, 02:30 PM
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Except, I get the impression, the rider would not be in a lesson if they are capable of riding on their own. So similar to a shared lease where they can come out and direct their own activity. I would say if the clients are fully capable and insurance is not astronomical because of the nature of the client then it would be a great service. I can also see where scheduling and staffing could be a nightmare both time wise and with the expense of salaries to always be staffed. That would drive costs up if you don't have the funding in hand.
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post #12 of 12 Old 11-30-2018, 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by mmshiro View Post
I teach at a school with an 800 acre campus. A former headmaster thought it a good idea to make bicycle sharing available: Need to go anywhere fast? See a school bike? Grab it, take it to your building or destination.

In economics there is the concept of "tragedy of the commons". If it's owned by nobody, nobody feels responsibility to take care of it - it's someone else's job. Soon, abandoned bikes were found on the golf course, and it was a big hassle for maintenance to keep them in good repair. It became a joke between my wife and me to say, "Oh look! The bicycles are already in bloom!" Soon, the downsides outweighed the benefits for the few responsible users, and the program was abandoned.

Now, combine human nature with "every time you interact with a horse you train it." Combine that with "not my horse, not my problem." For the sake of the horses in that program, don't do it. People are not worth it.

It's interesting you should mention this. My campus just started a bike-share program where people have to sign up through an app to be able to use the bike-share bikes that are scattered around campus. I've seen them left lying on the ground, not even standing up. The same thing is happening with the ride-share scooters that two companies decided to dump around town without permission. They're everywhere, and lying all over the ground, or being used recklessly. I've heard stories of them being thrown in the ocean or dumped out in fields. And now the city is talking about banning them.
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