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Bike sharing reaches the Gateway to the West

• In April St. Louis joined the growing number of cities that have adopted bike sharing programs. The city chose a dockless model led by operators LimeBike and Ofo. LimeBike is in the process of rolling out 750 bikes, and Ofo, once it obtains permitting, will also deploy 750 bikes. At 750, St. Louis already ranks third in the Midwest for total number of bikes. Chicago, the largest in the Midwest, launched almost five years ago with just 250 bikes and is now almost 6,000. Bike sharing has increased dramatically across the U.S. in recent years and was responsible for 35 million trips in 2017, according to a study by the National Association of City Transportation Officials.

• The idea behind dockless bikes is that it avoids the large up-front costs required to install docking stations. This allows for private operators like LimeBike and Ofo to come in and provide service quickly. The new level of access will make it easier for people to get around between Metro stops or make quick trips across the city. It will also make it easier for visitors to explore St. Louis without having to drive, park, and walk to go a short distance. 


Source: JLL Research, nacto.org




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