Move aside Santander Cycles, make way Citi Bike NYC, there’s a new way to rent a bike in town. Introducing Dropbyke, a mobile app-based system that allows you to pick up and drop off a bike wherever you fancy, without the eternal search for a docking station with space.
Cycling is the perfect way to get around a city. It’s quick, clean, safe, doesn’t require fuel, is inexpensive and accessible. In fact, the only barrier is actually owning a bike. Urban cycle hire schemes were introduced to alleviate this need, allowing everyone from tourists to commuters an easier way about town. However, there are some problems with these schemes, and the creators of Dropbyke think their concept provides an alternative solution.
What is Dropbyke?
The concept is a familiar one: a fleet of hire bikes available for general use across the city.
Where Dropbyke differs from the large-scale cycle hire schemes in cities like Paris, London and New York is that it doesn’t require the extensive infrastructure of docking stations, pay points and transportation of bikes between them.
Instead, users sign up online, and download an iOS or Android app that tells them which fleet bikes are nearby, where they’re located and and a rental rate. If they select a bike, it gives them the access code for the lock it’s secured with. Once the user is finished with the bike, they lock it up outside, take a picture of the bike for the next user, log its location on the app, add any notes about it and rate the experience.
Where did the idea come from?
Dropbyke in action
You can read more at BikeRadar.com
Source: Bike Radar