Charlotte Talks: Are Dockless Bikes And Scooters A Fad, Or A New Era For Transportation?
Monday, July 30, 2018
Dockless bicycles and scooters are everywhere. They're as popular as they are seemingly unregulated. Is free-range biking and scooter-sharing part of the future of transportation?
Spend any time in downtown Charlotte and you're bound to see a bike or scooter zipping by, specifically one that's dockless. Unlike traditional bike-sharing, which has been in Charlotte since 2012, riders can leave these wheels wherever their travel takes them - not at a specific docking station that might be out of the way.
As popular as they are, there have been complaints, particularly on social media, that the bikes have created clutter.
Hey @limebike, @ofo_bicycle, and @Mobike... can you all please come here and get your bikes? There’s a collective 10 that have been laying here on this block for almost 3 weeks now. It’s like a bike cemetery. Seigle Point Dr and Skyline View, Charlotte, NC pic.twitter.com/tMJK50Ilev— Nikki Wolfe (@Nikki704) July 19, 2018
Behind the novelty of this is a multi-billion dollar industry that's quickly becoming a new front in a turf war. Ride-hailing rivals Uber and Lyft have each bought up or invested heavily in bike-sharing companies.
Mike Collins examines what's driving the massive growth of the industry, and what it means for the future of getting around.
Kate Cavazza, bike program manager, Sustain Charlotte