Bike sharing companies have three months to comply with new council rules

An alliance of six Sydney councils has imposed new guidelines on dockless bike sharing companies. Inner West Council is leading the charge, giving the share bike companies three months to comply or they could face punitive action.

The alliance was formed in November when mayors from Inner West, City of Sydney, Randwick, Waverley, Woollahra and Canada Bay councils met to draft a set of guidelines to address the problem of haphazard placement of share bikes in parks and streets. Inner West Council mayor Darcy Byrne, who convened the meeting, said it was important that one set of rules was established to protect pedestrian safety and ensure the success of bike share schemes.

The guidelines state operators must:

– move bikes in dangerous spots within three hours and be proactive in the redistribution of bikes;
-man a repair phone service between 6am and 9pm
-unlock bikes for council staff when requested so that they can move bikes with more ease;
-deactivate broken bikes immediately and remove them within a week;
-educate users about correct bike parking and the possibility of heavy penalties for offences such as not wearing a helmet;
-install bells, helmets, front and rear lights, a rear reflector and a sturdy kickstand on all bikes;
-have public liability insurance;
-send relevant data, including the number of registered users and trip origins and destinations to councils whenever they ask for -the purpose of transport and urban planning;
-offer incentives to customers to relocate bikes in built-up areas;
-move inactive bikes after 11 to 14 days or they are to be impounded and a fee will be charged. If the fee isn’t paid, the bike is recycled.

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