Photo of the Day: Auckland Dockless Bike Share

I was in Auckland earlier in the week attending a transport conference. Taking a bus through town, I snapped this shot while stopped at the lights (excuse the reflections from the bus window):

OnzO: popping up everywhere…

In case you haven’t come across this yet, this is a bike from the OnzO dockless bike share scheme. Unlike the fixed-dock schemes like our own Christchurch bikeshare, these systems rely on people being able to access/unlock them anywhere via a smartphone app and park them wherever they want (built-in GPS helps the system to track them). This makes it easy to distribute them easily across a wide area very quickly – which is what happened in Auckland about a month ago, much to the surprise of everyone (including Auckland Transport…).

The downside is the problem of being parked indiscriminately anywhere, including blocking footpaths and taking up bike parking spaces where other people might want to park their own bikes… Needless to say, dockless bike share schemes are a work in progress worldwide, and even potentially a race to the bottom

The issue is quite topical at the moment because both Auckland and Christchurch are currently looking into the implementation of large-scale public bike-share schemes. Until the recent introduction of OnzO, Auckland has only briefly flirted with bike share in the city. Christchurch has had its pilot scheme for the past two-and-a-bit years, but now tenders are open for introducing a larger scheme, initially for the CBD and Riccarton. What form these will take remains to be seen; maybe we will see some of these dockless bikes in the city…

Are you looking forward to an expansion of Christchurch’s bikeshare?

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