Dial-a-Bike

Here’s a hot business idea – Scattered around Munich are flourescent orange bikes, with phone numbers printed on the side, and a self locking mechanism on the rear wheel. If you need to get somewhere in a hurry, you can whip out your mobile phone, dial a particular number, the bike unlocks, and off you go. [more on Beyond Brilliance]

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

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  2. We used these at the World CarFree Conference last year in Berlin. Very cool service. And they all hae GPS chips in them, so if you try to steal one and take it home the cops will come an knock on your door.

  3. We used these at the World Carfree Conference in Berlin last summer. They were great.
    Each bike as a GPS chip in it so if you steal it and take it home there is a good chance the police will come knocking.
    That has pretty much solved the problems faced by the Yellow Bikes program that was tried in Amesterdam years ago.

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