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Dockless bike share is coming to Philly, could be active by end of year
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("The program would supplement — not replace — Indego."):
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A new bike share system in which bikes can be parked and picked up anywhere in the city via smartphone will likely be active in Philadelphia by the end of the year.
The “dockless” system was discussed at City Council on Monday. Aaron Ritz, Philly’s transportation programs manager, told the Committee on Streets and Services a regulatory framework could be in place by late summer or early fall. In an interview afterwards, Ritz said it would be reasonable to expect dockless bikes on the streets of Philly by the end of the year. (The timeline is pending Council’s passage of regulations.)
But the arrival of dockless bikes doesn’t mean Philly is scrapping its current system. Indego, which debuted in 2015, will continue to operate with city oversight. Ritz said an expansion of service for Indego is planned for later in the summer, with details to be announced in the coming weeks. Indego has about 1,200 bicycles at 120 docking stations.
“We’re absolutely focused on Indego,” he said. “It’s proven that it works.”
According to the bill, all dockless bike companies would have to be licensed by the city and regulated by L&I and the Streets Dept. User safety would be the biggest priority, Ritz said, with mandatory regular inspections of bicycles. It’s not yet clear whether Philadelphia would let just one company register or allow multiple companies to operate and compete, as has been the case in Dallas, Seattle and elsewhere.
Users of dockless bikes would share some responsibility. The bill would make it illegal for a person to park a bike in the street, punishable by fine.
The bill would allow for more than dockless bikes, too. It would govern rental programs for essentially anything you can rent that doesn’t require a license plate, such as electric scooters — the latest craze in San Francisco — and who knows what else?
“Scooters were not a thing,” Ritz said, “until three months ago.”
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