Bike Share Creates A Social Network For Riders
Bike sharing system collects GPS data for riders to share stats with friends.
In a society where oversharing is the norm, it’s no surprise that bicycle riders would want to share their rides and performance statistics. Social Bicycles combines wireless technology with a bike sharing platform to do just that.
Instead of being locked at specialized bike racks, Social Bicycles secured with built-in locks and GPS. Riders can find and reserve bikes from a web browser, mobile device, or directly from the keypad on the bike. After making a reservation, you get a temporary four digit pin that will unlock the bike. When you are done you can park the bike in any hub location.
Bike-sharers can socialize by downloading the companion app, Social Cyclist, from Apple’s App Store or Google Play. This will allow posts including number of calories burned, bike routes taken, miles traveled, CO2 reduced, and money saved compared to driving. The software is available in multiple languages.
Social Bicycles was started by Ryan Rzepecki and Nick Foley after they worked on New York City’s Citi Bike. The Co-Founders are passionate about building the best bike-share system and keeping it affordable. The bike-share program is currently available in Hoboken, NJ; Phoenix, AZ; Orlando, FL; Tampa, FL; Providence, RI; Buffalo, NY; San Francisco, CA; Ketchum, ID; and Hamilton, Ontario in Canada. A Long Beach, NY location is set to kick off this summer and the company plans to continue expanding.