Mayor Thomas Koch announced today the City’s first bike-sharing pilot program will launch on Tuesday, May 29 with an initial 200 bicycles accessible to residents in areas throughout the City.
The City is partnering with ofo, the world’s first and largest dockless bike share company, and to bring the company’s signature yellow bikes to town. The bicycles will be deployed in designated areas around the city, particularly around transit and residential hubs. The City through its Bicycle Commission plans to work with advocacy groups like Quincycles to promote the program and make improvements as it moves forward.
“Dockless bike-sharing programs are an affordable and accessible means of alternative transportation, and I’m greatly looking forward to offering this service to our residents,” said Mayor Koch. “We’ll be monitoring the program closely, designating members of our transportation team to work side-by-side with the company to make the program the most efficient and viable it possibly can be.”
According to ofo, some of its partner cities have seen short-distance car trips (under three miles) reduced by as much as 44 percent.
In addition, more than 50 percent of trips in other cities begin or end at transit stops, helping to solve the first- and last-mile problem. These benefits will be particularly significant as the MBTA commences repair work on Quincy's four T stations and their parking garages. ofo bikes will be deployed near each station to help provide an alternative mode of transportation, helping to reduce the inconvenience to commuters.
ofo’s bright yellow bikes are rented at $1 an hour using the ofo mobile phone application. The service does not use parking docks that line curbs as seen in other cities; instead, customers find an available bike close to them on their phone, scan a barcode on the bike to unlock it and ride to their exact final destination. To finish a ride, users simply push a lever to lock the bike's back tire at the end of their trip, leaving the bike behind for the next rider. The bikes have GPS units, allowing customers – and the ofo operations team – to track their location. Users can ride anywhere within the City of Quincy.
“Mayor Koch has always been a forward-thinking leader who embraces innovation, and we’re excited to work together to implement a next-generation bikes-sharing program that’s right for Quincy," said Ryan McGrath, ofo’s General Manager for New England. "ofo’s greener, more affordable and convenient way to get around has been a huge success in cities around the globe and we’re thrilled to bring that same benefit to the people of Quincy.”
ofo’s operations team will be positioned to move improperly parked bicycles, such as those on private property or blocking a sidewalk, in addition to collecting and redistributing them, and ensuring the bikes are in working order. In each city it operates, ofo prioritizes hiring local residents for its operations team.
Founded in 2014, ofo is the world's original and largest station-free bicycle-sharing platform. ofo was created for sharing and aims to unlock every corner of the world by making bikes accessible to everyone. To date, ofo has connected users to more than 14 million bikes in over 250 cities across 22 countries, generated more than 32 million daily transactions and has provided over 200 million global users with 7 billion efficient, convenient and green rides.
To learn more, visit www.ofo.com.
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