Tourists coming to Tucson expect they will need a car due to the extremely unwalkable, automobile centric sprawl we have built. A bikeshare limited to a few square miles will not change that. Spending taxpayer dollars on a novelty for tourists may not be wise. Spending Federal/other grant dollars on installing a new system without funds to maintain the system over time is equally unwise. Those who think bicycles at the Gemshow would be useful - WHERE would you bicycle to/from? It takes 1 hour to get from the Gemshow area to either the UA, downtown, or other midtown/desirable locations. Believe me, I work next to that area. Someone says bikeshare would be useful for low income people who do not have a car- it is unlikely that a high tech bikeshare system with smartphone/internet apps, and credit card/smart chip payment system would be usable for your typical low income Tucsonan who lives from paycheck to paycheck on cash. Those who wish to ride, already have bikes. Improving the safety of biking around Tucson to increase bike trips amongst current bike owners may be a better investment. I would like to see an analysis of the current bike share system in place in Tucson to justify that this would be a good idea (city, UA).
All of the bicycling is not going to solve the underlying, fundamental problem of Tucson and America: suburban sprawl automobile scale hell development with miles and miles of stroads, that are too dangerous for automobiles, motorbikes, bicycles and pedestrians alike.
Enjoy "the problem with bicycles" by Nathan Lewis: http://www.newworldeconomics.com/archives/2010/080110.html
Isn't it time we stopped propping up this dying suburban model and start thinking about solutions to the fundamental design flaws/ideas? Can we really afford to keep throwing our money away?