These guys run a great service that has really been embraced by locals and visitors to Folly. I appreciate the option they provide and the green aspects along with many other benefits to the service!
Really great down to earth advice. I'm liking the idea of Step 7 - would have never thought of it like this! Thank you.
Are local companies, entities, organizations or individuals being excluded or discriminated against in the RFP process? It appears not - that in fact a local organization is participating in the RFP process and that other reasonable vendors (all the current bike rental companies) were made aware of and invited to explore the opportunity.
Prior to this, has the local community or Charleston government launched and executed a successful bike share program? Is there a program in place that is being bullied, harmed or unfairly competed with by the RFP process and this overall initiative? It seems like we don't have such a program so the very fact that the launch and facilitation of a program is a good thing.
What is wrong with having a third party - even if they aren't fully or even partially "local" operate a service here if that service provides benefit to our local community and our visitors? If it's a for-profit service, would they be tax exempt?
I would think that if any of the local bike shops, enthusiasts, ad agencies, business people or others find this an attractive proposition, they could join together and compete in the RFP process, no?
Are you implying that Charleston businesses aren't capable of competing with outside non-Charleston based businesses and therefore we should award this provisional contract to the best vendor only if they are "local" - even if they aren't actually going to provide the best revenue share, risk management/abatement, engagement marketing (butts on bike seats), etc?
If a Charleston based organization has the best proposal or close to it, they will win the RFP - that's a natural tie breaker. But why stop us from having a program we don't currently have if the best provider happens to be someone who isn't a local?
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