Dockless Bike Share Coming To Select Outer Borough Neighborhoods This Summer: Gothamist
The Future? (Scott Lynch / Gothamist)
After a couple false starts, dockless bike share is finally coming to the city, beginning with outerborough neighborhoods not currently served by Citi Bike. On Thursday, Mayor de Blasio announced that a pilot program is arriving in Coney Island and the Rockaways in July, with a second roll out planned the following month near Fordham University in the Bronx and on Staten Island’s North Shore.
“We are bringing new, inexpensive transportation options to neighborhoods that need them,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement. “Dockless public bike sharing starts this summer, and we’re excited to see how New Yorkers embrace this new service.”
Starting in July, dockless #bikeshare pilots will roll out in beach communities that have not yet been reached by bike share: #ConeyIsland in #Brooklyn & the #Rockaways in #Queens.
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The new bikes will not require physical docking stations, and will allow riders to rent them using their phones, “usually for $1 or $2 per ride,” per a press release. The city is still evaluating which bike share companies will operate in which neighborhoods, but plans to make that call in June. The current goal is to have a total of 200 bikes offering half-hour rides within each of the four neighborhoods’ set boundaries. Hopefully this goes better than it has in Singapore, where reports of vandalism and theft surfaced last year when a dockless bike share launched.
A dozen dockless bike share companies responded to the DOT’s request seeking “ideas around next-generation ‘dockless’ public bike share systems.” The city expects that some will be “pedal-assisted,” or electric bikes that require the rider to pedal to some degree. Once the pilot ends in September, the DOT will evaluate whether the program should be expanded or discontinued.
“We will take what we learn over the next few months to make informed, clear-eyed decisions as to whether New York City’s bike-share future is dockless,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “In the meantime, we strongly encourage New Yorkers to get out this summer and explore some great neighborhoods by bike—and of course give us their feedback on the dockless experience.”