One of the best parts about the program is that you don't have to worry about locking your bike up when you go into a store. Anyone who has a nice new beach cruiser in South Beach, let alone a tricked-out, multiple-gears number, soon learns that they won't have it for long if they leave it anywhere outside (locks, be damned!)
The idea of DecoBike is that you use it for errands or to get from point A to point B--you check it back into a station when you pop into Publix or CVS, and just rent another one when you come back out. All the fun, and half as much responsibility!
This only works, however, if you sign up as a local member ($15 to $25 a month), opt for a 1-hour or more access pass ($5 and up), or if you do your errands at lightning speed. The basic a la carte fee is 30 minutes for $4, but the real value is in those monthly rates or even the 8-hour access pass for $24.
We've rented bikes in Miami the old-fashioned way and it costs at least $15 a day--and there's always the worry that someone will swipe it when you turn your back.
Going Deco means less worry about where to lock your bike up, too: there are stations all over the beachwith more still being addedand you can use the DecoBike iPhone App to find your nearest station and check on bike availability.
One caveat: DecoBikes have handlebar brakes--which, for longtime coaster-brakers like ourselves, can take some time getting used to. On the upside, the traffic on the more residential streets of South Beach (west of Washington Avenue) is slow and easy to navigate, and there's truly no better way to start your day than riding a bike down the nice, wide path through Lummus Park, along the beach. No traffic, just plenty of underdressed tourists to keep your eye on.
Pro-tip: You can totally fit a case of Corona in the basket of a DecoBike.