*** EVEN THOUGH I AM A FIRESTONE DEVELOPER THAT DOES NOT MEAN ANY DEVELOPMENT SUGGESTIONS I POST ARE PREVIEWS/CONFIRMATION OF FEATURES ***
Getting stranded is extremely annoying as a citizen, especially one that doesn’t have any jobs to switch to/back to get back to Redwood. You either have to log and rejoin, or you have to reset and take the cash hit. In V3 the impact of this will be diminished if automated trains are implemented, but it still would be nice if there was a way to get a bicycle even if your bike is nowhere nearby.
In comes rental bikes. Many cities have rental bikes available: they’re stored on racks in fixed locations, you pay for the rental and you get to take the bike.
For an implementation, one could pay a flat fee for a bike for an unlimited amount of time. You get a partial refund if you return the bike to any rental bike rack (only the renter gets the refund, to prevent stealing), and if you don’t return it you don’t get your partial refund.