Governing Dockless Bike Share: Early Lessons for Nice Ride Minnesota

Governing Dockless Bike Share: Early Lessons for Nice Ride Minnesota

"Dockless bike share systems present an opportunity for cities to expand access to bike share by lowering costs and geographic barriers, but also create additional challenges in the areas of maintenance, parking, and right-of- way management. Most dockless providers are also private, venture-capital funded entities, representing a significant departure from current public and non-profit approaches. Other cities have encountered challenges in securing cooperation from these operators in areas such as data transparency. This raises a key question: To what extent can cities use contracts and governance to exchange use of the public right-of-way for operating requirements that advance equity, accessibility, innovation, and other goals? Using case studies from other U.S. cities and drawing insights from the wider “smart mobility” literature, this research presents recommendations for regulating dockless bike share in cities and ties these approaches to the implementation of Nice Ride Minnesota’s dockless pilot. "

Key findings

"Cities should proactively and transparently regulate smart mobility services that operate on their right-of-way."

"Cities should continue to place goals in the areas of transportation planning, health, safety, etc. above innovation."

Transit agencies should increase efforts to collaborate with other agencies beyond municipal boundaries to ensure smooth transitions between cities.

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