Dockless bike-share may start soon in St. Louis, Alton |

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After several years of false starts, St. Louis city residents could see bike-share companies offering rental services in just a few weeks.

City Traffic Commissioner Deanna Venker said two rival companies — LimeBike of California and China-based Ofo — have submitted applications for permits and that city officials are in the process of reviewing them. Each operates across the United States.

In addition, she said she hopes that separate meetings between representatives of the firms and members of a city bike-share advisory panel will be held soon.

She said she expects a decision will be made on whether to approve the applications in the next week or two. If that happens, she said, operations might begin as soon as mid-April.

MoBikeFed comment: St. Louis is one of the last large midwestern cities to embrace bike share.

The "dockless bike share" system, with multiple competing companies providing bicycles, has been quite successful in some U.S. cities, such as Washington, DC, where a pilot program is now underway.