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St. Louis, Missouri rolls out bike sharing

 St. Louis, MO – In February, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved an ordinance allowing the City to implement a permit program for private bike share companies to operate in the City and has approved permits for two companies, California-based LimeBike and China-based ofo. Roughly 1,500 bikes, scooters and electric bikes became available in April throughout the city, with a total of 5,000 bikes to be rolled out over the next six months. Both bike share systems are ‘dockless’; bikes can be found and accessed via each company’s app instead of at permanent locations or docks.

More than 60 North American cities have bike share programs, but private companies have quickly entered the market with dockless bikes, a technology that is gaining popularity. Dockless bike sharing originated in China, does not require a docking station, is run by private companies and thus does not cost the public any money. Bicycles are equipped with GPS and can be parked at any public bike rack or on the sidewalk out of the way of the main walking area. Rather than locking into a docking station, a clamp locks the back wheel of the bike so it can't be rolled away. To unlock a bike, users create an account online or on an app and scan a QR (Quick Response) code on the bike. To prevent bikes piling up and blocking sidewalks, many U.S. cities have limited the number of companies that can operate as well as the number of bikes made available.

“Bike share presents a great opportunity for St. Louis residents and visitors, whether you’re trying to get to work or to a meeting, run a few errands, connect to a Metrolink stop or take a trip to a nearby park or museum,” Mayor Lyda Krewson said. “By ensuring access to bikes across the city, we can improve transportation options for all St. Louisans and help bridge physical and social divides that have historically separated our neighborhoods.”

Additional information:
St. Louis Bike Share
Mayor Lyda Krewson Announces Launch of Bike Share in the City of St. Louis
St. Louis, MO Bike Shere Permit
Deanna Venker, City of St. Louis Streets Department,

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