Bike Sharing Docks Installed in Downtown Santa Barbara
By edhat staff
Electric bicycle docks are now being installed throughout downtown Santa Barbara for bike rentals starting next year.
The program is operated by Bcycle who will provide and maintain 250 electric bicycles and 30 stations located throughout downtown and the waterfront areas, with the possibility to expand to other neighborhoods.
Members of the public will be able to unlock a bicycle using a mobile phone app that charges a rental fee based on the time used and can be returned to any dock location.
"Communities with bike share programs have reported many benefits including increased health and wellness for its communities, a zero carbon emission choice for transportation as well as increased patronage of businesses near the bike dock locations," stated the Downtown Santa Barbara Organization in an email.
The in-street bike dock locations for the initial pilot program in the downtown area include:
Bank of the West, Night Lizard Brewery, Lululemon, Montecito Bank & Trust, Paseo Nuevo, Restoration Hardware, Carlitos, The Apple Store, the previous Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Energy Tattoo, The Habit Burger Grill, CVS, Old Navy, Natasha and Msky.
Downtown businesses are also able to purchase an annual membership for employees to use the program.
The Bcycle app can be downloaded in the App Store or Google Play Store.
The program is expected to officially launch early next year.
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