Bike sharing services bring thousands of dockless bikes to Boston-area communities

Bike Sharing
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By WEEI 93.7

LimeBike and Spin have started introducing thousands of their dockless bikes to Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Milton, Melrose, Newton, Needham, Revere, Waltham, Watertown and Winthrop over the past month. The bikes are free to the communities hosting them and are paid for through a low rental fee with the first half hour of use costing only $1.

The bike sharing systems will help these communities alleviate traffic, lessen their fossil fuel emission and allow more people to enjoy the health benefits of bike riding, all without having to buy and maintain their own bicycles.

Using the bikes is easy. All you need is a smartphone to locate a bike via GPS and to pay. The services' apps also lock and unlock the bikes, preventing them from being stolen. The bikes are available 24/7. All that is asked it that you park and use them responsibly.

Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline were excluded from LimeBike and Spin's expansions in the area because an exclusive agreement with Hubway prevents other bike sharing companies from moving into those communities.