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Dockless Bike-Sharing Programs On The Rise

Dockless Bike-Sharing Programs On The Rise


GLASSES OF WIPE, WAS LINKED TO SHORTER LIFE EXPECTANCY. HALF THE PEOPLE IN THE ANALYSIS DRANK MORE THAN THAT EACH WEEK. RENTAL BIKE SHARING IS GROWING IN THE UNITED STATES. WE HAVE A PROGRAM HERE IN MINNEAPOLIS THAT MANY OF YOU KNOW ABOUT. DOCKLESS BIKE PROGRAMS ARE NOW MAKING IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO GET AROUND BIG CITIES. DANIELLE NOTTINGHAM HAS MORE FROM L.A. Reporter: FROM CALIFORNIA TO THE NATION’S CAPITOL, COMMUTERS LIKE LUKE HERE ARE RIDING ELECTRIC SCOOTERS. I LIKE THE DOCKLESS ONE. YOU CAN DROP IT OFF AND FIND ONE WHEN YOU NEED ONE. Reporter: DOCKLESS SCOOTERS AND BIKES ALLOW USERS TO LEAVE THE RENTAL WHEREVER THEY END THEIR TRIP INSTEAD OF RETURNING THEM TO A DOCKING STATION. THIS IS ALL DONE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE? YES. Reporter: YOU LOCATED SCOOTER THROUGH AN APP, SCAN A CODE TO UNLOCK IT AND RIDE. SCOOTER AND BIKE SHARING HAS BECOME SO POPULAR, START-UPS LIKE LINE BIKE, BIRD AND OFO HAVE RACKED UP MILLIONS OF RIDES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN NINE MONTHS WE HAVE SEEN OVER 50 MARKETS. Reporter: BUT THE TECHNOLOGY COMES WITH GROWING PAINS AS COMPLAINTS PILE UP ABOUT USER ETIQUETTE, WITH BIKES SCATTERED ON SUEDWALKS AND STREET CORNER, PUSHING SOME CITIES TO RESTRICT THEIR USE. NOW SOME BELIEVE SCOOTER COULD BE THE NEXT NUISANCE. THERE IS A SCOOTER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SIDEWALK, BLOCKING OFF PEOPLE. IT CAN BE REALLY ANNOYING. Reporter: CITIES LIKE SAN FRANCISCO ARE SENDING OUT WARNINGS. IF THEY WANT TO CONTINUE THIS LEVEL OF ARROGANCE, WE WILL IMPOUND THEIR SCOOTERS AND SEND THEM PACKING. Reporter: LINE BIKE SAYS IT USING ONLINE TUTORIALS TO TEACH CUSTOMERS HOW TO BE RESPONSIBLE. USER EDUCATION IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO US BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A NEW TECHNOLOGY. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE A, NO HOW TO RIDE IT SAFE, AND — KNOW HOW TO RIDE IT SAFE, AND B, KNOW HOW TO RIDE IT RESPONSIBLY.

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