Dockless Bike-Share: To Regulate or Not?

One of the latest trends in bike-sharing is going dockless—instead of leaving bikes in racks that lock, users can leave them anywhere in a specified area and the bikes self-lock electronically until the next user signs in to use them. The systems have begun to create controversy in cities including Dallas, Texas, and Washington, D.C., where what appears to be a healthy fleet of shared bikes to one person is clutter and an eyesore to another.

Fast Company this week took a hard look at the dockless trend this week and how some communities are trying to balance everyone’s needs, including a few cases where states may override local jurisdiction to regulate the systems.

The whole story is here. If your community is facing a similar situation or has come up with a solution, let us know in the comments. We’d love to know more.