The City of Malden has announced that the Pilot Program for the Station-free Bike Sharing program utilizing Ofo Bikes and LimeBike will be ending on Friday, December 8th. The program was scheduled to run until the end of the calendar year or until a significant change in the weather and with the approaching cold and predicted snow, it seems reasonable to end the program this Friday.
“What we have learned from the program is that there is indeed an interest by residents in utilizing bike sharing,” said Mayor Christenson. “Looking at the data from this pilot, we can better understand the needs of residents and balance that with the number of bikes accessible in a potential permanent program.”
While acknowledging that improperly parked bicycles were the number one complaint, City officials feel confident that this issue would be addressed if the City moves forward with a permanent program. For instance, requiring that participating companies provide better education of their riders on the importance of keeping sidewalks clear is crucial.
In the six weeks of the program, nearly four thousand active riders from Malden took part culminating in nearly 10,000 trips originating from Malden and riding nearly 7,000 miles. Great exercise and saving C02 is one of many benefits of the program, especially when it means that nearly 200,000 calories were burned!
Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson