SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) South Bend has announced the launch of a bike sharing program.
The city is partnering with LimeBike to provide the new transportation option, and they hope it encourages people to choose the healthier and more sustainable mode of travel.
"We have always been on the leading edge of innovation in transportation whether it was Studebaker which was producing electric cars in 1903…or today being among the very earliest adapters for a new pilot bike share, we've always been on the cutting edge," says Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
According to LimeBike, traditional bike sharing services charge cities up to $5,000 per bike for the docking station and maintenance.
LimeBike's dockless system will require no investment by South Bend.
The smart bikes will be offered around the city. Users can download the LimeBike app to find a nearby bike on the app's map tool.
Bike rentals are $1 for 30 minutes.
More than 200 bikes are expected to be deployed during the first week, and the total number of bikes is expected to reach 500+ in the coming weeks.
WHY BIKE SHARE?
• Bike sharing encourages healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable transportation.
• Safety: South Bend's complete streets design provides for a safe riding experience.
• Mobility: provides a new transportation option that could be combined or ridden independently of transit that would open access to variety of local users.
• Economic Development: provides an economic benefit to individuals by reducing transportation costs, to local businesses by bringing in new customers focused on spending locally, and to the region as a whole by helping to attract new residents and businesses.
• Equity: provides a relatively low-cost form of transit that can be easily and inexpensively deployed in typically underserved communities.
• LimeBike offers dockless smart bikes to cities, schools and institutions
• Founded January 2017 and headquartered in San Mateo, CA .
• Currently operates in Greensboro, NC and Key Biscayne, FL, soon coming to Seattle, WA.
• More information at www.LimeBike.com.
ADVANTAGES OF DOCKLESS BIKE NETWORKS*
• Traditional bike sharing systems charge cities/taxpayers up to $5,000 per bike (with station and maintenance) in order to maintain the network.
• Due to the high expense of parking and payment stations, cities can only afford a few stations and bikes, limiting the numbers of riders who can use the network - increasing costs for the few riders who do use the network.
• Typically, a traditional bike sharing network receives revenue from three sources: city subsidies, ridership revenue and sponsorship revenue.
• By going station-less, cities get a free network that requires zero outside investment.
• Station-less networks can reallocate the capital invested in stations and apply it to increasing bike supply. The high availability of bikes allows cities to cross a "tipping point of adoption" where more residents will embrace bicycle commuting given the availability and affordability.
• Deployment starts later in the week.
• 210 bikes deployed in first week, reaching 500+ in the following weeks.
• After initial deployment, bikes will be allocated based on use data.
• Future regional partners will expand the system.
HOW TO USE LIMEBIKE*
• Download the LimeBike app
• Find a nearby bike using the map tool
• Scan the QR code or manually enter the plate number to unlock the bike
• Ride the bike for $1 for 30 minutes
• Park in bike racks or designated areas
• Lock by pressing the back wheel lock down