Bright red bikes have popped up across the streets of Sydney overnight (Thursday 13 July 2017), but what are they, and what does this mean for Sydney?
Dockless bike share schemes are provided by private operators and have been launching in cities around the world. The first scheme in Sydney has been instigated by a company called reddy go.
Bike share schemes have traditionally been provided by governments and transport authorities, but this new wave of sharing projects are privately funded, privately delivered and privately operated. Riders use an app to lock and unlock the bikes, which are not parked in an in-ground dock.
Here at Sydney Cycleways we believe bike share schemes can play a key role in our transport future. We’ve provided guidelines to operators which cover customer safety and conduct, safe bike parking, avoiding clutter and providing a safe and enjoyable rider experience. We also encourage operators to share data with government agencies for transport and urban planning purposes.
Riders and Operators are reminded that when parking and distributing the bikes they must keep footpaths clear, and bikes must not block people walking or travelling down a street. Bikes must be stored away from where they could pose a safety hazard and any walls that are used as guides for people with visual impairment.
Riders are reminded that under New South Wales law they must wear a bicycle helmet which meets Australian standards, even if a bicycle is provided without one.