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Middleton ponders bike-sharing system

After contemplating such a move for several years, City of Middleton officials now are giving more serious consideration to adding a BCycle bicycle-sharing system, according to report in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Bike-sharing systems allow riders to rent bikes from docking stations. Mark Opitz, the city’s assistant planning director, says municipal officials are encouraged by what they have seen with bike-sharing programs in other communities, and the city is in the process of determining how the system would be funded.

BCycle is a subsidiary of Waterloo-based Trek and has run a bike-sharing program in Madison since 2011.

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Sep 13, 2018 02:13 pm
 Posted by  MESBA

The future of bike sharing does not include a docking system. That will save municipalities tens of thousands in setup fees and will help BCycle be more available throughout our area.

The app will allow an end user to find bikes parked in any public rack so it's much more widely accessible throughout the city and neighboring cities like Monona and Middleton.

Sep 13, 2018 03:28 pm
 Posted by  mark

Concur with the above. Dock-based systems are capital intensive, high maintenance and last year's tech. Better Middleton looks to dockless systems, creates parking spaces and rules and gets out of the way.

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