CitiBikes are plagued with two potentially deal-breaking problems: clumsy, often broken rental stations and pavement-cracking weight. That being said, we're not complaining; CitiBike, Hubway, Divvy, CaBi, and Pronto (can you name each of their cities?) have set off a hunger for public-access bikes which we can seriously get behind. But what if there was a better option? Spinlister’s new take on bike sharing aims to satisfy the public's appetite for instant-bikes while patching its gaping holes.
Up until now, Spinlister’s concept was simple; it’s Airbnb for bikes. If you’re in an area and need a ride, check the local listings, find and reserve what you need, and pick it up. And if you own a bike that just sits around, you can make some extra dough by listing it. While this idea is admirable, it was missing a key element—convenience. So Spinlister teamed up with Dutch bike company VanMoof to try something using the magic of Bluetooth and GPS.
Available for renters to buy, ride, and lease when not in use, these specially-commissioned bikes integrate seamlessly with the Spinlister app. Users can locate bikes around the city using GPS and unlock them using their phone. Since the bikes have Bluetooth smart locks, every bike rack or post is a potential station so you can actually park conveniently outside of your destination. After you're locked up, someone new can pick it up.