Dockless Bike-Share Program Could Be Coming to Fayetteville

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — A new ride-sharing program could be coming to Northwest Arkansas.

On Tuesday Fayetteville City Council will consider a contract with VeoRide, a bike share-company that allows you to rent bikes all from an app connected to your credit card.

The City of Fayetteville and University of Arkansas, along with the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotions Commission, hope to bring 290 different bikes to the program. Fifty of those bikes would be electric.  

In fact, Fayetteville would become the first city in the state to offer electric bikes from a bike-sharing program.

Here’s how it works — you find a bike closest to you on the app and reserve it. You scan the code on the bike or enter the code’s ID to unlock it. To return the bike, use the app and return it near any bike rack. 

“One thing that we promote in Fayetteville are our trails. We have great biking in Northwest Arkansas, so this is a wonderful opportunity for our visitors to not only see Fayetteville, but get around in Fayetteville and the same goes for our citizens,” Hazel Hernandez, Director of Marketing and Communications for Experience Fayetteville said.

Memberships start at $26 a month with discounts offered to students, faculty and staff at Fayetteville Public Schools and the University of Arkansas. Low-income individuals will also qualify for discounted membership fees, and non-members can check out bicycles on a per-ride basis.

If this is passed, the bikes would be available as early as September. For more information, download the city council item packet.

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