A social-media startup is making a bike-share program that lets you hang out with your friends, and then share photos of your bike, along with some comments on how it’s the best bike to ride.
The company is called CycleHop, and it lets users buy rides on bikes with the help of the bike-sharing app RideShare.
Each ride costs $10 and is free to the public, but you need to pay for the privilege of riding in order to use the bike.
The bike-shares feature is being rolled out to more than 600 cities around the world, and will be available for sale on the RideShare app for bikes starting today.
The service is a way to attract people to bike-friendly cities, and the bike share system will also have a place in the city-based transportation system that is already available, and which has become popular with tourists and locals alike.
“We want to get more people out to the cities where the bike sharing program is being built,” said the founder and CEO of CycleHop and a graduate of MIT, Adam R. Kossack.
“It’s not just about the ride, it’s about the community, it really is a new way of making a difference.”
Kossacks team has been making bike-shared services in Boston and New York City since 2013, when he was hired by RideShare to build a new app that would make it easy for riders to connect to a ride.
“I think that when people see what the service can do, they will want to ride on it,” said KossACK.
Krossack’s team, which is based in New York, had developed the bikeshare system in partnership with a group of local companies that work with nonprofits.
In 2014, they launched CycleHop in New Hampshire, and they were soon expanding the service to cities like Portland, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.
CycleHop started out as a way for the community to meet up, but Kossak says he quickly realized that the people who rode the most often in the bike space were the people with the most bike.
“The more people that ride together, the more likely we will get more bike share programs,” said Richey.
“In the past, there was a sense that it wasn’t necessarily a good thing to have bikes parked in the street, so people would only ride in the public spaces, but now, people are starting to understand that it is a very good idea to have people riding in the same places.”
For people who want to keep up with the latest bike news, the company also runs a blog and is currently accepting new members to its membership program.
Kraft said that he expects that CycleHop will eventually become a major transportation system in the United States, and that he hopes that more cities will be willing to add bike share to their transportation systems.
“CycleHop is a wonderful idea,” said RideShare CEO, Michael Kranish.
“When we saw the number of bike share users we have in Boston, we were excited to see how the community can benefit from it.”
The RideShare team has also been testing the app out on a few other cities, including New York.
“There are a number of cities in the country that are really trying to do it,” explained Koss, who also said that there were no major obstacles in putting the app in place.
“Right now, there are no barriers to it, and we’re trying to make it as easy as possible to set up a ride for someone, so we’re seeing lots of success.”
The app is currently available on the iOS app store for iPhone and Android.
Korn said that the company is currently testing the feature in New Zealand, where the BikeShare program has been running since 2013.