What are Bike Share?  Bike shares are defined on wikipedia as “A bicycle-sharing system, public bicycle system, or bike-share scheme, is a service in which bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a short term basis for a price or free. Many bike share systems allow people to borrow a bike from a "dock" and return it at another dock belong to the same system.”

Type of bike share options include:

  • Ad-hoc - no locking tech or bike stations which are possibly great options for university or closed campus areas.
  • Kiosk - an option which allows you to pay and check out/return a bike at stations located throughout the area.  This is a great idea for tourist areas and can offer payment options to rent bikes to those who don’t have smartphones.
  • Tech on Bike - Lime Bike is one company (which is what Sparks is testing) which allows you to use your smartphone to pay, unlock, and ride a bike.  One drawback is that this is only accessible to those who have smartphones.  

What companies are out there? Well, some companies include:

  • Lime Bike
  • CitiBike
  • Divvy
  • Capital Bikeshare - Washington D.C.
  • Many more - (At the time of this recording, Lyft is buying Motivate for at least $250m

We currently have Lime Bike


Location of Bikes

Use of app


Helmet Share?

Issues with that idea

Helmet Laws

Locally, only for motorized bikes

Some cities have paper helmet kiosks


Eco friendly

Good option for those who need transportation

Fairly cheap

Our option b we have bikes available almost everywhere

Heavy/sturdy bike

We have company managing them and they will collect or repair bikes as needed.

No cost to our city

We are testing them out.

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Bikes are everywhere

Even in rivers

Must be 18 for some versions to use and have a smart phone to run the app

Costs money to rider

What other cities say about bike shares

Detroit is liking them even adding versions for riders w/ disabilities

Success in new york - one of first US cities started in 2013

Failed in seattle - Only lasted a year Did stations and now out $1.4m

Due to bike helmet law?


Poor rollout?

Other Countries






Alternative to bike share?

Expanding bus line

Micro transit


Privately owned

We are testing program along with Reno and washoe county

Electric Bike Assist - No license required

Lime-S Electric Scooter - Must be 18 and have license and helmet