Do you have any data regarding the bike share programs in other cities? How much do they cost? Are they having the same issues? Which cities do better with tourists and daily rentals? NYC is a hard city to navigate if you are unfamiliar. Do the lack of available helmets for sale influence the bike users? Have there been an uptick in bike related accidents since the start of city bikes? Does the city plan to create more bike lanes?
Very interesting post! Are there any obstacles NYRR encounters that are unique for New York? Has the NYRR model be implemented in other cities? How much of the success of the organization depends on its relationship with local government? How do members rate NYRR compared to running organizations in other cities?
I agree with Sam in questioning if they could have survived if they switched to consumer electronics. Could they have been a best buy if they changed the product mix and inventory size? What else in their business model served as an obstacle with respect to growing with the change in consumer electronic demand?