Bicycle Coalition

Dockless Bike Share Companies in Downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Waltarrrr on Flickr

Coopers Ferry Partnership and the City of Camden have kicked off their work to perform a bike share feasibility study for the City of Camden. The study is being conducted by the Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers in partnership with ofo dockless bike share and was funded through a grant from the William Penn Foundation. It’s goal: to see if Camden is ready for bike sharing.

The project will include a pilot test deployment of ofo bikes later this year. Before that happens, BPRC will be reaching out to stakeholders and Camden residents for their input, the outcomes from those meetings will determine where and how ofo bikes will be deployed in the city. Data collected from bike share usage demand patterns along with user feedback will be included in the study to inform City leadership on how to best develop a permanent bike share program.

Customers use the company’s mobile app on their phones to locate nearby bicycles. Each bike has a code on the frame, which the customer scans to unlock the bike. They use the bike and when they are finished, they leave it on a public bike rack or in a designated space and lock it for the next customer to use. Bike share employees rebalance (redistribute evenly) bikes and remove bicycles that are improperly parked or brought outside the bike share zone (i.e. Philadelphia).

For more details of the study contact Val Galarza at Cooper’s Ferry Partnership.

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