Spin launches in Aurora, adding to the city’s growing field of dockless bike-share programs

Tuesday, 07 November 2017, 07:42:43 PM. Aurora kicked off their pioneering bike-share permit program in the beginning of October.
Aurora is home to three dockless bike-share providers, now that San Francisco-based Spin has rolled into the city. After scoring a bike-share permit on Oct. 30, Spin brought an initial fleet of 250 bright orange bicycles to town. The company expects to bring thousands more to Aurora as the program grows, said CEO and co-founder Derrick Ko. Aurora debuted its bike-share permit program Oct. 2 and quickly attracted the first two companies, LimeBike and Ofo. Dockless bike-shares differ from the traditional model (think BCycle in Denver) by eliminating the designated stations where users pick up and drop off bicycles. Spin is already looking into adding a permit to operate on the Anschutz Medical Campus, Ko said. He hopes its position in Aurora will act as a foothold to expand into neighboring cities, particularly Denver. “We look forward to not only be in Aurora, but to expand beyond Aurora,” Ko said. There is no cap on the number of bike-share companies that can apply to Aurora’s permit program. However, now that the city is home to “the three main actors” in dockless bike-sharing, Aurora officials plan to focus on the long-term success of bike sharing, urban planner Brenden Paradies said. “What we’re really going to focus on is regulation and making the program sustainable,” he said. The city will focus on education and access, Paradies said, including teaching residents how to check out and use a bike share and finding a rental solution for people who don’t have a credit card...Read more
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