The new dockless share bikes in Sydney are likely to lead to an increase in cycling, says University of Sydney cycling and health expert, Professor Chris Rissel.
New data released today reveals 18 per cent of Sydneysiders surveyed thought that dockless bikes were a good system and would use them.
Bike-share schemes are where bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a very short term basis for a price. With dockless systems, as the name suggests, no docking system is needed so bicycles can be picked up and dropped off anywhere and riders use an app to locate and unlock the bikes.
“Making bicycles available all over the city means that one of the fundamental barriers to cycling – not having a bike – is removed,” said Professor Rissel.
"While some people don’t like the haphazard parking of the share bikes, 61 per cent of Sydneysiders do like them.
“Among those people who don’t usually ride bicycles, some said they would use the share bikes and this represents a potential 95,000 new riders."
The survey was conducted by McNair-yellowSquares with 741 Sydney residents aged 18 and over.