Smaller Cities Rejecting Dockless Bike Share

Two cities, of similar size (about 90,000 residents), and located in different corners of the country, unceremoniously dispatched dockless bikeshare pilots in recent weeks.
September 29, 2018, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The City Council of Sparks, Nevada, voted unanimously this week not to renew it pilot franchise agreement with Lime when it expires January 2019, according to an article by KOLO. The program was only in effect since May 2018, and details of the decision making were scant. Lime released a statement expressing disappointment with the decision, however.

Similarly, the city of Lynn, Massachusetts made a similar decision this week. "The dockless bike program launched in the city of Lynn earlier this year will end by November after city officials saw them being parked randomly across the city," reports Nicole Berlie in a separate article and television report. The bike companies LimeBike and Any Bicycle were operating in the city for four months. Councilmember Jay Walsh is featured in the television report, explaining how derelict bikes have been abandoned around the city.

Hat tip to Chris Teale for sharing the articles in the Smart Cities Dive Dockless Digest.

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Published on Friday, September 28, 2018 in WCVB
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