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
- 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
Issues with that idea
Locally, only for motorized bikes
Some cities have paper helmet kiosks
Good option for those who need transportation
Our option b we have bikes available almost everywhere
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?
Alternative to bike share?
Expanding bus line
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