The New York City Department of Transportation today named the five companies that would begin to offer dockless bike share later this month in neighborhoods in boroughs outside Manhattan. Regular pedal bikes will be supplied by the companies Lime, Motivate, ofo, or Pace. Those bikes will be supplemented in each community by pedal-assist models offered by either JUMP or Lime. By mid-July, bikes are expected to arrive in the Rockaways in Queens, followed by the central Bronx and Staten Island. Later this year, Coney Island in Brooklyn will also host a pilot.
The five companies participating in the pilot are pending final approval, but have all signed contracts with DOT that obligate them to provide bikes to specific New York City pilot communities. Under a rule adopted last week by DOT, the two companies offering pedal-assist dockless bikes in the pilot can be operational after Saturday, July 28 – the date when the rule clarifying pedal-assist bikes’ legal status goes fully into effect.
The four pilots will roll out in the following order, with assigned companies:
- Mid-July: Rockaways, Queens – Pace and Lime (Lime will offer regular bikes only until July 28)
- Mid-to-late July: Central Bronx/Fordham area – JUMP and ofo
- Mid-to-late July: North Shore of Staten Island -- JUMP and Lime
- Later this year: Coney Island, Brooklyn: Motivate and potentially a company to be named later
Learn more via the press release.