Why Bike Share is Failing in Melbourne
The mandatory helmet law in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, makes it difficult for people to legally use the local bike share system. The Melbourne Bike Share was introduced in June 2010 with the requirement that someone who lends a bike must either bring his or her own helmet or buy one from a nearby shop.
This requirements makes renting a bike in Melbourne significantly more challenging than doing so in places without helmet laws.
In an attempt to rescue the failing system, the Victorian Government has opened helmet vending machines at Melbourne University, Southern Cross Station and 30 city convenience stores. The vending machines allow bike share users to rent a helmet for $5 each. After their ride, renters can then return their helmets for a $3 refund.