Bike/Scooter Share is in st. louis!
What is bike/Scooter share? How does it work?
Bike Share is a network of shared bicycles available for short-term use; Scooter Share is the same but with electric-assist scooters. It combines the convenience and flexibility of a private vehicle with the accessibility and reliability of mass transit. Dockless Bike/Scooter Share doesn't use stations like the traditional systems in Chicago or Washington, D.C. Instead, you can find the bikes through GPS locators on a smart phone app or by calling a phone number, and they lock to themselves by clamping the back wheel (bike) or turning the motor off (scooter), allowing the vehicles to be more widely available throughout the city. The vehicles can be parked on the strip of sidewalk between the walking area and the street, and at public bike racks. Bikes cost around $1 per 30 minute or 60 minute ride (companies have slightly different pricing), and scooters cost $1 to unlock as well as 15 cents per minute, with discounts for people of low income and students.
More than 30 cities around the U.S. have implemented dockless bike/scooter sharing, including Washington, DC, Durham, NC, Seattle, WA, and Dallas, TX.
Why would St. Louis want bike/Scooter share?
Bike/Scooter Share is for everyone. Local residents, downtown office workers, commuters, visitors, college students, and tourists all benefit from the convenience of these shared vehicles.
In St. Louis, this translates to fewer cars on the road (particularly in downtown areas) thus reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality. It also saves time by making short trips in congested areas faster on bike or scooter than they would be in a car or on foot. Bike/Scooter Share serves as an modern amenity for attracting residents and employers, as well as for visitors, boosting the local tourism economy. It also provides a "last mile" option for transit users, providing a convenient (and fun!) way to access a transit stop or to travel from a transit stop to a final destination. Plus it keeps local residents moving, which boosts physical activity levels and provides important public health benefits and health care cost savings.
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Bike/scooter share has come to St. Louis! The City of St. Louis' Board of Alderman approved an ordinance allowing the City to permit bike/scooter share companies to operate in the City. View the permit requirements here. The permit regulates the companies to make sure they keep our community orderly and extend the opportunity of using bike/scooter share throughout the city.
The City has approved permits for two companies, LimeBike and Bird. Lime launched in April and Bird launched in July. They are permitted up to 2,500 vehicles, though neither have approached that cap yet.
You can expect to see bikes throughout the City of St. Louis, and now also in Clayton, MO and Ferguson, MO. The bikes will go where riders take them - they can be parked anywhere in St. Louis at bike racks or out of the way between the sidewalk and the street.
Additionally, 20% of the bikes will be available in target neighborhoods to the north between Delmar and Natural Bridge, and in the Dutchtown South area.
This 20% requirement has been held up nationwide as a best practice in an equitable bike/scooter share system.
Photo Credit: Communiy Builders Network of Metro St. Louis