I rode home on the "new" bike last night and I rode to work this morning. It rides good. I don't mind ten speed gearing. With some bar tape, new tires and a little more tweaking it'll be a good commuter bike for sure.
Saw a YouTube video on FB just now. I like it, but a little of this won't really work. There needs to be much, much more for this type of solution to be truly effective. If this type of solution is implemented on only one street in each town/city then its just a novelty and will never achieve the designers' goals.