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Scottsdale to welcome Arizona’s first ‘dockless’ bike share program


PHOENIX — Scottsdale will soon host a dockless bike share program in several areas of the city.

LimeBike, a tech mobility company, is a program that allows residents and visitors the opportunity to rent bicycles and use them as needed, according to spokeswoman Mary Caroline.

Users can walk up to a specified LimeBike bike, scan the QR code through the company’s smartphone app to unlock it and take off.

Caroline said users can ride for $1 every 30 minutes and $.50 for students.

The program will be initially be concentrated around Old Town Scottsdale and Arizona State University’s SkySong, Caroline said.

Scottsdale will be the first city in Arizona to use the program. Phoenix, Mesa and Tempe have used a different bike share service called Grid Bikes.

But what differs between services like Grid Bikes and LimeBike is the “dockless” aspect, Caroline said.

Grid Bikes requires users to pick up and return bikes at a designated docking station, while LimeBike asks users to simply park it on any bike rack.

Caroline said the goal of the program is to work with local governments, businesses and colleges to design a program that will ultimately improve urban mobility.

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