Camden rolls out smartphone-enabled dockless bike share program

Steve Tawa
May 01, 2018 - 2:45 pm
Camden County Freeholder Jeff Nash and Camden Mayor Frank Moran

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CAMDEN, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- While Philadelphia went blue, Camden is going yellow -- with its bikeshare fleet. 

The bikeshare program uses a smartphone application to locate and unlock bicycles for rent. When you're done, push a lever to stop the meter, and to lock it at the end of the trip.

Unlike Philadelphia's program, launched in 2015, the Camden bike share demonstration project does not using parking docks that line curbs. 

They have GPS units, allowing customers -- and the bike share operations team -- to track their location anywhere within the city limits.

"The city of Camden is rising," said Mayor Frank Moran. "We're offering amenities that you see in Philadelphia and New York."

Moran was among the first aboard for a spin around City Hall.

"You put the codes in and leave it wherever you end up. Someone else jumps on it and takes it to the next location," he said. 

They come from Ofo, the largest dockless bikeshare company in the world, based in Beijing, according to spokesman David London.

"We're bringing equity to Camden," London said. "Our bikes are affordable. It's $1 an hour to rent our bikes."

They'll start with 200 bikes and grow to 500 bikes in a month, and then see how it goes.