The City intends to enter into contract for the delivery and operation of a self-service bicycle rental fleet for public use and stationed in the public right-of-way (ROW). The selected Proposer will be required to implement a program, which should enable the public to self-rent bicycles from any of several locations and return them to another. Services would be provided by the selected Proposer on a 24-hour, full time basis with sufficient personnel to successfully operate the program. The Proposer may however elect to cease operation from December 1st through April 1st of each year.
The City’s goals and objectives are to promote a vision to make bicycling an integral part of daily life for Long Beach residents and visitors. This program is to be accessible to the maximum number of people in the most cost-efficient manner to increase bicycle and decrease local motor vehicle use.
Self-service bicycle rental programs provide a convenience for bicyclists since bicycles are available on an as-needed basis, tune-ups and storage are not necessary, and bike stations are provided in strategic locations. Benefits for the City include reduced traffic congestion, improved air quality, quieter and more livable streets, and the opportunity for citizens to improve their health through exercise.
Well, so long DecoBike, but I’m glad to see that a bike-sharing program in Long Beach is still desired. I never understood why C.A.V.E. people wouldn’t want this? Those bikes didn’t bother anybody and are very beneficial to Long Beach for so many reason. I have a zillion bikes in my garage, so normally I have no use for a program like this, but one time I had a bunch of out-of-town friends over. While walking on the boardwalk, one of my friends had the idea of all of us hopping on some bikes. We did, went for a ride and ended up spending money at several local establishments, something that we originally didn’t intend on doing. I know that’s not THE reason to have a bike-sharing program here, but really do believe, in a city where bike riding is so prominent, this program is much needed.
Thank you Long Beach Streets for pointing out the RFP to us in the SeabytheCity Newsroom.