Dockless Bikeshare Pilot Coming to Austin

A pilot program to test dockless bike share in Austin will begin later this year. 

The initiative will test the value of a blended system of station-based and dockless bike share service, which is expected to offer the benefit of a predictable, station-based service with the extended reach of a well-managed dockless option. Dockless bike share is different from the City’s current bike share system, Austin B-Cycle, in that the bicycles do not have to be parked and locked in a “dock” or station.

The pilot will start following a public engagement process that will include a community-wide survey and a forum that will bring national experts and peer city leaders familiar with both types of bike share systems to share their experiences and facilitate a dialogue about how bikeshare of all kinds can best serve mobility needs in Austin.

City Council has also approved an expansion of Austin’s existing bikeshare system, B-Cycle. The B-Cycle expansion involves dedicating $200,000 in City funds to accelerate an ongoing station expansion by leveraging existing grant funding awarded to the City. The Austin B-Cycle system currently has 430 bikes and 54 stations owned by the City and operated by Bike Share of Austin under a contract with the City.

photo by Adam Brinklow

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