Brian Kelly (KMOX)

Bike Share Program Launches in St. Louis

Nearly 1,500 bikes, electric bikes and scooters will be available around the city.

April 16, 2018 - 9:00 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis is finally getting a bike share program.  

Mayor Lyda Krewson announced that two companies, Lime Bike and OFO, were given permits, and will be ready for operation today.

Between the two, nearly 1,500 bikes, electric bikes and scooters will be available around the city, leading to a total 5,000 bikes after six months.

Unlike other bike share systems, Lime Bike and OFO are "dockless," so rather than choosing a bike from the rack and going on your way, bikes can be found via GPS on the companies’ apps. When you reach your final destination, just lock up the bike and the app makes it available to the next rider.

“Bike share presents a great opportunity for St. Louis residents and visitors, whether you’re trying to get to work or to a meeting, run a few errands, connect to a Metrolink stop or take a trip to a nearby park or museum,” Krewson says in a news release. “By ensuring access to bikes across the city, we can improve transportation options for all St. Louisans and help bridge physical and social divides that have historically separated our neighborhoods.”

A city ordinance passed in February requires that 20 percent of the bikes be available to "priority regions," including the Central West End, Wellsgoodfellow, Vandventer, Grand Center, Hyde Park, Dutchtown and Gravois Park.

The ordinance also requires options for riders who do not have smartphones or credit cards.

"We are thrilled that St. Louis has embraced the dockless revolution, bringing real, positive changes such as reduced traffic, lower emissions, and improved public health to both the city and its residents,” says Chris Taylor, head of north America for OFO.