NYC To Launch Dockless Bike Sharing Program

May 24, 2018 - 4:58 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The city will start testing a new bike share program this summer that does not require the huge gray bike parking docks that Citi Bike does.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported, four areas of the city – Coney Island, Brooklyn; the Rockaways in Queens, Staten Island’s North Shore, and around Fordham in the Bronx, will take part in the dockless bike pilot program.

It will start small – about 200 bikes overall.

City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said the dockless bikes are a quick and easy process – just download an app.

“The app will show you where the nearest bikes are. You’ll go get one. It’ll give you a code. You unlock the bike. You hop on and ride,” Trottenberg said. “The price – we’ll see what they’re going to charge. In some cities, they’ve been charging a dollar or two a ride.”

What’s unique about dockless bikes is that they’re dockless.  Riders wouldn’t have to park them in a designated area.

The bikes self-lock after the customers ride is up.

The dockless bikes will be rolled out this July if not sooner, and Trottenberg said if successful during this pilot program, the bikes could be popping up all over New York soon thereafter.