Implement a home-grown, dockless, peer-to-eer bike sharing network using open source technology.
A dockless bike sharing system that empowers G.Rapid citizens to share their own bikes with each other.
Location sensing technology has matured to a point where it is no longer required to use dedicated GPS hardware to locate an object within a city. Wireless positioning technology combined with open source hardware make it possible to implement a low-cost, peer-to-peer bike sharing network across the city.
Applied Research in Government Operations (ARGO) is proposing that Grand Rapids can implement and operate their own home-grown bike sharing network by developing a simple hardware kit and a simple mobile app to let Grand Rapids residents (Rapidians?, Rapidos?, Rapidites?) to share each other's bikes.
The hardware kit will include an electronic bike lock, location sensing system, and bike generator (for power) that sends the bike's location every 30 seconds. A citizen can simply create an account on the mobile app and add details about their bike. Upon verification, the city sends them the hardware kit that they can install themselves and leave their bike out for the public to rent out.
Every month, the city analyzes trip data from bikes and pays owners.
A citizen who leases out their e-bike can make more money than a citizen who leases out a regular bike.
A rider can simply open the app and check for bikes in their area. They can pay for the ride on the app which unlocks the bike for a specified period. After the reservation expires, the bike should be locked. Any violations are paid to the owner.
The city can receive a fixed % of each bike transaction.