Dockless Bikes 101: The Pros and Cons of Bike-Sharing Systems

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By: Bradley Hasemeyer | Orlando Morales Posted: 5:20 PM, Apr 23, 2018

Dockless bikes, or bike-sharing systems, have you heard about them? Cities all over the U.S. are offering low-cost or free bikes for folks to get around. If you haven't tried it out yet, we have some tips that will have you wheelin' down the road in no time.  

In this case we're using Limebike, a company that peddles their bikes for $1 per 30 minutes. However, the first ride is free. Here's how it works. 

1. Get the App 

To unlock your bike, all you have to do is download their app and scan the QR code on it. After it's unlocked, it's time to start your ride.  

2. Take Off 

Some features we noticed on the bikes include a basket in the front, which has a solar panel that presumably keeps the headlight and locking mechanism powered. You also get a fun bell to alert those around you. 

One of the downsides is that Limebikes don't have gears, so pray that your path is flat. But competitors like OFO have one-upped them with that feature.  

3. Leave it Wherever 

After you've taken your ride, it's time for the last step on your journey and that is to leave your bike wherever you want. But please, be considerate and don't just leave the bikes laying on the ground. People are finding these all over the place, and it's a problem slowly getting out of hand. Leaving the bike anywhere is what makes this system so convenient, but it's caused some frustration. 

Overall, dock less bikes are an innovative, convenient and new way to get around the city. And like with any new system, it all comes down to being responsible in how we're using them to keep them around for the long haul.  

Have YOU used dockless bikes to get around in your city? What are some of the pros and cons? Sound off on those comments below.