There are a few options in Austin, like B-cycle and Spokefly. B-cycle is a traditional bike share organization that lets you rent a bike from one of 40 downtown stations and return it to any station. Spokefly is an Austin-based peer-to-peer bike sharing company that lets users rent bikes from others via an app.
And now there’s one more choice: California-based Spinlister has opened an Austin office and has about 400 peer-to-peer bikes circulating around town, with plans to increase to 1,500 by the time SXSW rolls around.
Like Spokefly, Spinlister is a peer-to-peer bike sharing company. According to the Austin Post, “while Spokefly requires owners to leave combo-locked bikes throughout the city for renters to take at will, Spinlister requires owners to hold onto their bikes until renters pick them up.”
Spinlister already has a bike sharing presence in New York, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. In Austin Spinlister has signed a two-year sponsorship agreement with Bike Texas, with a goal of building bike parking installations around town.
To learn more about how it works (and see a hipster-iffic video demonstrating how to list or rent a bike), visit Spinlister’s website.
image via Spinlister