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No Docking Stations Needed: A 'Smarter' Bike Share

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 01:34 PM

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Just a few days after New York starts up its bike share, Hoboken, N.J. will offer its own, more high-tech program.

Hoboken’s bikes have a built-in lock that replaces the need for bike docking stations, like the ones popping up in New York City. The integrated GPS and smart locks allow customers to lock their bikes at a bike rack.

Membership will cost $25 per month or $75 for the season, which runs through November.

Social Bicycles come with a built-in repair button for when customers get a flat tire, for example, and customers can see statistics of their bike ride, including a map of the course they biked and the amount of calories burned.

Starting this Saturday, the city will also offer bike rentals, through Bike and Roll, aimed at attracting tourists who want to bike the New York City skyline along Hoboken’s waterfront.

Bike and Roll will have $10 per hour rates and $34 daily rates.  

 

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Comments [5]

Carla from Hoboken

I think the bike share programs are awesome, but as a biker, walker, and sometimes driver, I hope they educate the users about the rules and regs. It can be dangerous and no where in the information do I see this information.

May. 19 2013 07:29 PM
Jim from Palo Alto

Why is New York launching all at once? Wouldn't it have been smarter to do a guinea pig test in Brooklyn first?

New York is the mother of all markets. Couldn't it have tested one technology in Brooklyn and one in Lower Manhattan before attempting such a large roll out? If this new technology is as promising as it sounds, why not test it?

May. 19 2013 02:42 PM
Andre

Why do ppl compare Hoboken and NYC's bike share??? They are nowhere near the same magnitude and complexity.

Hoboken is small enough to be the "guinea pig".

May. 19 2013 12:16 PM
TOM MURPHY from Brooklyn

NYC should evaluate this approach for future roll-out beyond the current service area.
Placing expensive bike share docks(2docks per bike and daily maintenance) may prove unprofitable. Docking stations away from the 'core' would need to be more widely dispersed. This might be a cost-saving solution with bike-share bikes sharing existing and known bike parking racks. However, there might be contractual difficulties with Alta.

May. 17 2013 11:08 AM
Ian Sacs from Finland

Hoboken's bike sharing is "smarter" not just in technology, but also in policy, here's more details why:

http://www.planetizen.com/node/63143

May. 17 2013 01:53 AM

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