Austin council approves dockless bike pilot, with a time limit


Highlights

The city staff will spend the next few months designing the dockless pilot, then check back in with council.

The council also stipulated that the dockless bike pilot program will last no more than a year.

The council also approved a fee of $30 per bike, annually, payable by the dockless bike rental companies.

The Austin City Council on Thursday approved the creation of a “dockless” bike share pilot program, but made it clear this is a one-year test drive.

Over the past year, various companies have begun bringing rental bikes into U.S. cities — sometimes with city regulations in place, sometimes not — that can be picked up and dropped off anywhere using a phone app to unlock the bikes.

City staff has estimated it would get $90,000 of fee revenue from the program this year, which would indicate that as many as 3,000 bikes would be on city streets by the end of the summer.

Read the full story on mystatesman.com to find out why the council set a one-year limit and what the program could mean for the city-owned B-Cycle bike rental stations.



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