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    Bike Share Study
     
    Dock-Based and Dockless Systems
    Cities throughout the world have implemented bike share systems. Some have chosen to use different types of systems. Docked-based systems are the original type, and most cities operate with this model. Dockless systems have entered the market in recent years with advances in technology. 

    Dock-Based Systems
    Dock-based bike share systems use groups of docking ports. People refer to these as a bike share station. Bike share stations hold, lock, and release bike share bicycles when you check a bike out. Stations include a kiosk where you can check out bicycles.  

    Two Options to Check Out Bicycles
    There are two ways you can check out a bike at a dock-based station. You can check them out at the central kiosk for the station. Or if you are a system pass holder, you can check a bike out from any docking port. You will find these types of systems in many cities like Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, and New York.​

    The Bikes
    Solid • Safe • Easy to use • Visible • Durable
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    Dock-Based Stations
    Helpful • Automated • Easy to use • Visible • Durable
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    Mobile App
    Bike Share Systems often offer mobile apps to find bikes or stations
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    Station Kiosks
    Many bike share systems use kiosks where bikes can be checked out.
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    Dockless Bike Share Systems
    Dockless bike share options are now emerging with “smart” bikes. 

    These systems take the check-out technology in bike share stations and put it on each bicycle. 

    Use Mobile App or On-Bike Check Outs
    Instead of a a docking station, you use a Smart Phone app to locate, unlock and use them. Many of the new dockless bike share systems are pay-as-you-go only​.
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    Structured Dockless 
    Systems 
    Some dockless bike share bicycles lock to a bicycle racks without the kiosk. These racks are either public racks, or special racks for dockless bicycles only. These smart bikes are sometimes arranged in a group of the bike racks to create a bike share station. 

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    You can also use these bicycles and lock them to a public bike rack if you want. You will find these systems in Atlanta, Phoenix, and Portland (OR) and Tampa.​

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    Truly Dockless 
    Systems 
    Seattle and Washington, DC are currently testing Truly dockless systems. These bike share bicycles actually lock to themselves. Instead of locking to a rack or at a station, you use the app to lock the bike. Usually these locks snap around the wheel making the bike immobile. Think of wheel locks you've seen in movies on parked cars.  

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    These types of locks allow the bicycles to be parked anywhere that meets the rules of bike share company. Here are examples of the rules" 
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    Park bike at public bike rack.

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     Park on wide sidewalks, but leave 6+ pedestrians

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     DO NOT park on sidewalk near corners

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     Do Not park at loading zones, driveways, or curb ramps