City of Spokane to launch bike-share program

City of Spokane to launch bike-share program

The City of Spokane announced Wednesday it will conduct a bike-share pilot study beginning next month, with plans to launch a permanent bike-share program in the spring of 2019.

The pilot study, which begins on Sept. 4, will run for about two months. The city will rely on public feedback, observations, and data received which will help them develop a permanent program expected to launch next spring.

“I think its a great way to exercise and a new way to explore downtown,” said resident Jada Richardson, “it sounds pretty useful. Our streets though might be an issue for more bikes, if those were fixed, it might be successful.”

Lime, headquartered out of San Mateo, Calif., has been selected to partner with the city for the pilot study. Lime provides bikes and electric scooters for riders to rent. They will distribute bikes in downtown Spokane starting next month for the study.

“We’ve actually utilized the bike share program in Chicago before,” said resident Priscilla Rabinovitch, “its very convenient if you don’t want to travel with your bike.”

To use Lime bikes and scooters, riders must download the Lime app on their smartphone. With the app, riders are able to locate available bikes and can unlock those bikes by scanning a QR code located on the back of the bicycle seat. Riders can then re-scan the QR code after biking to their destination, which will lock the bike.

“As a city we would have to work on bike lanes, or educating people,” said resident Ashley Riel. “I think its a great program, it gets people around the city so that they can see more stuff.”

The city says they won’t be paying anything for the pilot program or the program if it becomes permanent, the company would make its money from bike rentals.

For more information on the bike-share program, click here.