REPORT: Social Bicycles, a new bike sharing program to come to Long Beach

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 10.33.18 AMThe March 18th City Council Agenda has a resolution authorizing the City to enter into a contract for a self-service bike rental sharing program. Enter: Social Bicycles (http://socialbicycles.com/). Possible terms are as follows:

  • Five years with opinion to renew for an additional five
  • City receives 20% of their gross income, half will be used for bicycle/ pedestrian infrastructure projects (YAY!)

socialbicylesUnlike DecoBike, which was solely in Miami, Social Bicycles currently operates in nine locations, including: San Francisco, Buffalo & Hoboken. Perhaps this more experience will bring a better product? Social Bicycles also uses an advanced wireless technology in their bikes which allows for all sorts of neat functions. Another cool function is the idea of being able to lock these bicycles at a standard bike rack. That wasn’t possible with Decobikes, unless you had your own lock.  Check out the Social Bicycles website for more information on this really cool service: socialbicycles.com

More information on this deal with Long Beach will come at tomorrows city  council meeting.  City Council Agenda is posted below:

March 18, 2014 Item No. 3
Resolution No.

The following Resolution was moved by
and seconded by :

Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Enter into a
Contract for a Self-Service Bicycle Rental/Sharing Program
for the City of Long Beach.

WHEREAS, pursuant to Resolution No. 54/11, duly adopted on July 5, 2011, the
City Council awarded a contract for a self-service bicycle rental/sharing program to Decobike,
who have since chosen to discontinue this service with the City of Long Beach, resulting in the
City issuing a new Request for Proposals for said service; and

WHEREAS, after due advertising therefore, three proposals were received in the
Office of the City Purchasing Agent on February 11, 2014 for a self-service bicycle rental/
sharing program to be available to the public at various locations; and

WHEREAS, Social Bicycles Inc., 39 Wooster Street, New York, New York
10013 submitted the proposal that best meets the needs and desires of the City, such as using
new technology on their “smart-bikes” which enables the bikes to communicate with Social
Bicycles Inc. and to the customers via smartphones, web browsers or on the keypad interface on
the bicycle, as well as placing a lock setting on the bike itself allowing it to be locked to standard
bike racks or allowing users the option of locking their bicycles outside of bike stations; and

WHEREAS, the City of Long Beach will receive 20% of the gross income of
which half will be used for bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure projects, for a contract period of five
years, with an option to renew at the City’s discretion for an additional five year period;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it

RESOLVED, by the City Council of the City of Long Beach, New York that the
City Manager be and he hereby is authorized to enter into a contract with Social Bicycles Inc., 39
Wooster Street, New York, New York 10013 for a self-service bicycle rental/sharing program to
be available to the public at various locations throughout the City for a period of five years, with
the City receiving 20% of their gross income, of which half will be used for bicycle/
pedestrian infrastructure projects, with an option to renew for an additional five year period; and
be it further

RESOLVED, that said agreement shall contain such other terms and conditions as
the City Manager shall deem proper.

6 Replies to “REPORT: Social Bicycles, a new bike sharing program to come to Long Beach”

  1. It would be rad if Nick from Local Cycles and Nick Foley from Social linked up and create a be achy specific cruiser design. Nick has sexy,edgy aesthetic while Foley has a practical non-cyclist urban commuter style. It could a wacky pairing. I’d like to see Social reach out to Nick regardless. They share a common love for innovative bicycle construction.

  2. Was unable to attend the council meeting last night though caught most of it on the UStream. While this item was being discussed something “new” was learned by the council members and attributed to a deal made by the prior administration though the broadcast was in Oreo commercial when that something was disclosed. Can anyone shre what transpired?

    Sounded like the SoBi guys are going to work with Local Cycles on some kind of arrangement. Were there details discussed? Again the Oreo interludes made it hard to follow.

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