Dryw Keltz

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Dockless bikes and hepatitis

I think another casualty might become the traditional bike docks that are meant for privately-owned bikes. Coincidentally, I rode my own bike down to this meeting and went to lock my bike up at a dock near the stadium that was no longer there. The removal of that dock was likely unrelated to the dockless bike invasion, but it's undeniable that both entities are now competing for the same sidewalk "furniture zone" space. If the dockless companies have some political pull, they may angle to remove a lot of the traditional bike docks around the city. Less available options for locking privately-owned bikes translates to more people riding bikes that don't need to be locked up. If you see future laws mandating that privately-owned bikes are only allowed to be locked in specific lots or areas downtown you will really know that the fix is in. As for your questions: A) We don't need both right now, but having both available isn't awful by any means. It's just that we have way too many of the newest option. Also, the Discover Bikes option should probably just be discontinued at this point. In the realm of bikeshares, the dockless option just seems like a better all around deal for the customer. B) Due to the amount of bikes sitting stationary on sidewalks (often for days at a time) "bike pollution" is actually an apt description. And speaking of hiking paths, I ride my mountain bike in Florida Canyon, and have observed a LimeBike in the same spot off a hiking trail on the east side of the canyon for a week or so now. It may be being utilized daily by someone who camps nearby though. I don't think they're designed for bombing rocky singletrack though. That could be a fun experiment for a future article though...
— March 13, 2018 4:19 p.m.