How to Tell if Your City or Town is Suitable for a Dockless Bike System

September 13, 2017 - 3 minutes read

Is Dockless Bike Sharing Suitable for my City or Town?

Dockless Bike Sharing is everywhere in the news nowadays. You hear about massive systems in Asia, and newly launched systems in large cities in England, The United States and Italy to name but a few. There are also a number of pilot schemes running in smaller areas and towns across Europe and elsewhere. This has left many city councilors and town planners wondering “Is my town or city suitable for a dockless bike sharing system?”.

The best way to find the answer to this question is in fact by asking two more:

“Does my town or city have a “last mile problem?”

The “last mile problem” is an issue facing many cities and towns across the globe. This problem occurs when people use conventional modes of public transport, such as buses and trains, but still have an inconvenient distance left to travel for them to reach their desired destination.
Towns and cities with this problem are ideal candidates for dockless bike sharing. In this instance, bikes can be made available near public transport stops. This allows users to seamlessly move from one mode of transport to another, thus completing a full cycle of mobility as a service (MaaS). This makes a city run in a smarter manner.

And the second questions is…

“Does my town or city have fantastic public amenities that cannot be easily reached?”

This a common problem for small to medium sized towns and cities. They may have amenities such as sports grounds, colleges or theatres that are an inconvenient walking distance from the city centre. As a result, a number of problems can arise. People may drive to these places, making parking an issue. Others may make a labored and tedious walk, while even more people may decide not to use these amenities whatsoever. All of these factors detract from the overall experience that these amenities are designed to provide, therefore leading to lower usership. Dockless bike sharing schemes are a solution to this. They allow people to make the most out of what local amenities and landmarks have to offer in an efficient and user-friendly manner.

If either of these two problems are prominent in your area, we would love to find out more about your city or town, and how we can help enrich the lifestyle of its people. Feel free to get in touch at info@urbosolutions.com