Bike-share system to launch in Sacramento, Davis in 2018
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Social Bikes, SACOG, cities of Davis, Sacramento, West Sacramento partner to promote bike sharing
A partnership between Social Bicycles (SoBi), a privately owned bike technology company, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and the cities of Davis, Sacramento and West Sacramento will establish a bike-sharing system in the Sacramento and Davis areas in 2018.
Bike sharing is a public service that allows for short-term bicycle rental in a geographic area. To be a part of the system, users create SoBi accounts and then reserve and unlock bikes using the mobile app or a web browser. SoBi’s bikes have GPS technology and electronic locks, which allow the company to track distance, time and payment. SoBi also offers bikes that have electric pedal-assist, which enables users to pedal up to 20 miles per hour with the help of a motor.
“As to whether or not we can expect that deadline, I’m not personally committed to it just because of the complexity of it all,” Zavala said. “The project management team has come together and found some of the hotter spots throughout the city of Davis and UC Davis. But what it comes down to is, if they’re electric assist bikes, where are you going to be able to plug in? It’s really within the context of the existing electrical infrastructure, how much money we would want to spend to trench out and expand that infrastructure and then where the bikes would be most useful.”
“Social Bicycles is really leading on making the business model work — what we’re doing is making sure it’s something we can have in the ground safely — to the extent that we need to partner with Social Bicycles, we’re working really closely with them,” Reed said. “There’s a lot that needs to happen for a bike-share system to get in the ground and get working: they need permits, they need to make sure they have space on the sidewalk for their docks for the electric bikes and their chargers. Over time the project has shifted, SoBi is really taking charge, taking the lead and taking the risk, and we as local governments are really partnering with them.”
“There are disagreements about where to place the bikes, [and] there are concerns about the electric bikes because it is still a very, very new type of bike with a vast majority of the population,” Zavala said. “Everyone wants this to work, so any kind of conflict that has popped up has been very quickly solved or placated at the very least.”
Social Bicycles could not be reached for comment.
HUH??? I've led such a sheltered life. I guess.