Last summer marked the debut of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft in Ithaca, and now a bike-sharing service is also coming to the community.
Bike-sharing got its start in China, and the service helps reduce vehicle traffic in congested areas, not to mention the benefits of exercise and less emissions.
The first bike-share program is going to make its debut this month. The Ithaca bike-share program, Bike Walk Tompkins, is partnering with Lime Bike to bring bikes to the city. These bikes have GPS tracking, and lock when not in use. They are also designed not to be stolen or torn apart.
Mayor Svante Myrick expressed support for the program on his Facebook page:
“A thrilling new program that will make it easier than ever to bike around town and help solve the 'last mile problem' of public transportation,” he stated.
The program will be dock-less in the city, and the bikes can be left wherever the person gets off of the bike. This supplies a challenge, cities like Dallas now have an issue with sidewalks full of locked bikes.
In Dallas, the issue has become so massive, city officials have threated to remove the bikes themselves.
Jennifer Gates, a Dallas city council member posted this tweet urging the clean-up:
The issues associated with bike-sharing services are not just in Dallas, or the United States, the issue also impacts countries like China. Regardless of political views, many should be aware of the potential negative impact the bikes can have.
The issue with dock-less bikes is that the person that uses a bike can lock it and leave it anywhere. The bikes do not have to be attached to a bike rack, rather they have a lock that blocks the wheel and disables the bike from being able to move.
The bike sharing program helps promote alternative transportation for people, but many are not aware of how politically controversial bike sharing programs have become in other cities.