Active Trans’ Melody Geraci and Streetsblog’s Lynda Lopez Discuss DoBi on ABC7

The dockless bike-share discussion continued with a conversion with host Judy Hsu.

Judy Hsu, Melody Geraci, and Lynda Lopez.
Judy Hsu, Melody Geraci, and Lynda Lopez.

 

We’re now in week two of Chicago’s dockless bike-share experiment as Far South Side residents are getting a chance to test ride 50 LimeBike electric cycles with wheel locks, 50 non-electric Pace bikes (from Zagster) with built-in cable locks, and 50 Ofo non-electric, wheel-lock bikes. I’ve also been told that any day now Jump Mobility will be releasing a fleet of electric bikes with built-in U-locks. (The Chicago Tribune reports that the companies with wheel-lock bikes aren’t happy about the city’s requirement that all cycles be “lock-to” models after July 1.)

Last Thursday Active Transportation Alliance deputy director Melody Geraci and Streetsblog reporter Lynda Lopez sat down with host Judy Hsu to discuss DoBi in depth on ABC7’s “Newsviews.” Watch the interview here.

If you’re in a hurry, here are some of the topics they covered:

Part 1

00:40: What is dockless bike-share?

01:45: What Are residents’ initial reactions to the program?

02:00: How many bikes are there and where is the pilot area?

03:05: How was the pilot area chosen?

03:40: What are the advantages of DoBi over traditional bike-share?

04:20: How do you park the bikes?

05:00: How do you locate the bikes?

05:40: What’s the pricing like?

Part 2

00:50: Shady DoBi business practices in other cities

01:30: Education and outreach is needed

02:17: Potential positive economic impacts

03:15: Let’s use the revenue to build bike-friendly streets

03:35: Data sharing will let us measure the program’s success

04:00: Contrary to popular belief, bike lanes don’t cause congestion, they reduce it

  • planetshwoop

    I was thinking about congestion today.

    If we want to tackle congestion, first fix has to be double parking.

  • Anne A

    Melody and Lynda – I thought you both did a great job, especially at the end when you responded to Judy Hsu’s car-centric question.

    FYI – So far, other than having LimeBike representatives at the launch event last Tuesday to answer questions, I haven’t seen any public outreach or heard about any efforts to educate people or promote dockless bike share use. Lots of bikes have appeared, and are obviously being redistributed at times. I’m hoping that the companies will make some effort at broader public education.

    I’ve made my own personal efforts to educate, mostly in the form of conversations with people, either on the train or at spots around my neighborhood.

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