Bike share may be coming to the St. Louis region - finally! | stltoday.com

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The city of St. Louis might not be the only part of the metro area to get a bike-share program sometime this year.

LimeBike, one of four companies that have approached the city about operating there as soon as this spring, says it also wants to rent its lime-green bikes in parts of St. Louis County and Madison County. And maybe elsewhere.

“Our hope is to serve as much of the (metro St. Louis) community as possible,” said Sam Sadle, who works in strategic development for the California-based company.

Sadle said he is trying to work out an agreement with St. Louis County officials to govern how his company could function in the county’s large swath of unincorporated areas.

He said he also has had talks with “a handful of cities” in the county, including Clayton, and briefed the county municipal league last month.

In Madison County, he said, his company is in discussions with the county transit district, which oversees over 130 miles of biking-hiking trails in addition to the countywide bus system, and cities such as Edwardsville and Alton.

In St. Louis, the Board of Aldermen on Friday passed an ordinance authorizing city agencies to carry out regulations for bike-share operations.

In addition to LimeBike, City Traffic Commissioner Deanna Venker said, companies called Ofo, Mobike and Zagster have expressed interest in operating in the city.

MoBikeFed comment: St. Louis is one of the last major midwestern cities to still lack a bike share system.

The recent proposals for St. Louis-area bike share are the so-called "dockless" bike share systems. The traditional bike share systems that include docks and nearly bulletproof bicycles have proven successful in cities like St. Louis.

It remains to be seen whether the dockless bike share approach will be similarly successful.

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