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Brief Published: 1 Feb 2017

Spin: Dock-Free Bicycle Sharing

Spin bike

San Francisco-based start-up Spin has announced plans to bring dockless bike sharing to the US.

While most US-based programmes feature docks or stations where bicycles are retrieved and stored, Spin bikes are freestanding and can be unlocked by scanning a QR code with a mobile phone. Users can ride them anywhere within the designated service area and leave them “anywhere responsible and legal to park a bike”, according to the founders.

Trackable via Bluetooth, GPS and 2G wireless systems, the bright orange bicycles will have six speeds, 26” wheels, frame locks and baskets. They will also come with Dynamo hub-powered lights (which don’t need a battery to work), theft-resistant screws, and solid foam tyres to prevent punctures and keep maintenance costs low.

The pilot programme will kick off in San Francisco, with the company looking to roll out 100,000 bikes across the US this year. Pricing should be around $1 for every 30 minutes, and interested parties can sign up to become pilot users on the Spin site now.

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