How Urbo’s “Park Safe” Strategy is Changing the Face of Dockless Bikes

August 29, 2017 - 3 minutes read

Urbo is delighted to announce itself as the first dockless bike sharing company in the world to launch a “Park Safe” strategy.

This strategy has been developed to ensure safe parking for bikes in the public realm. There are a number of facets to the strategy, each contributing to the same end goal – correct parking. This strategy has been formulated with input from councils and governmental organisations in both Ireland and the U.K.

GPS Tracking System:

All Urbo bikes come equipped with GPS and GPRS, meaning our bikes are regularly talking to our cloud server. This is in contrast to the majority of docking systems, which only track the bikes starting and end position. Knowing the bikes position leads to the ability to implement a location based User Credit System.

User Credit System:

The Urbo “User Credit System” incentivises safe parking, while also penalising those not adhering to safe parking practices. If a user earns enough points by parking safely, they will be rewarded with free and discounted rides. Not abiding by parking rules leads to users being penalised and ultimately being banned from the app if required.

Designated Parking:

Each city or town that Urbo operates in has the option to provide designated parking areas. These areas will be in safe, agreed upon and user-friendly locations, adjacent to amenities such as bus, rail or tube stations, or at popular tourist destinations. This strategy links back to the User Credit System, with users rewarded for parking in the designated areas.

Urbo Wardens:

Urbo Wardens are always on hand to ensure our safe parking guidelines are adhered to. Armed with live data on each bikes location, the wardens manage the system with an information led protocol.

Geo – fencing:

If there are particular key areas that a council does not wish for bikes to be parked in, Urbo’s technology allows for a fence to be erected. This is not an actual physical fence, but a virtual geo-fence. If a user tries to lock their bike within the geo-fenced area, the lock will refuse to close, meaning the user must move the bike to a safe area to ensure they are not continually charged.

With these key pillars in place, cities and towns can rest assured that they are in safe hands and that their dockless bike sharing system is safe, sustainable and enriches the city and its populous.