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City suspends dockless bike programs

September 27, 2018

LYNN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts city has temporarily banned dockless bicycles programs.

WBZ-TV reports Lynn officials have ordered companies Ant Bicycle and LimeBike to remove over 100 bikes. Lynn City Councilor Jay Walsh says the companies didn’t make a “concerted effort” to retrieve bikes left blocking sidewalks in neighborhoods.

Most shared bike systems use docking stations and are the result of some kind of public-private partnership. Dockless shared bikes are unlocked with an app and can be left wherever the rider ends up. Experts say the model allows for more flexibility.

Walsh says the city was “looking for new ideas” when they allowed the bikes.

Lynn officials say they will reconsider the programs next spring.

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Information from: WBZ-TV, http://cbsboston.com

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