Austin council approves dockless bike pilot, with a time limit

Feb 01, 2018
LimeBike rentals lie one on top of another in a line along Young Street in downtown Dallas on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

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.