Dockless bike share in the City of Melrose has officially launched, with Melrose joining a 15-community regional system in Boston’s inner suburbs. Coordinated by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the system also includes the communities of Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Milton, Newton, Needham, Revere, Waltham, Watertown, and Winthrop.
By using your phone to easily find, unlock, and rent bikes for short-term use, dockless bike sharing represents a new sustainable transportation option for Melrose residents. Dockless bike share vendor, Lime, charges $1 per 30 minutes to ride, and they offer discounts for students, corporations, and low-income riders. Because this is a regional system, riders can pick up or drop off a Lime bike in Melrose or in any of the other participating communities.
“The City of Melrose is pleased to offer a bike sharing system for residents,” said Director and City Planner, Denise Gaffey. “Dockless bike sharing is a new transportation option that both encourages active living and reduces automobile trips.”
“This is an exciting time for Melrose,” said Melrose Mayor Gail Infurna. “We have always encouraged alternate ways of getting around our City and this is a great low-cost approach.”
Here are the Dockless Bike Parking Regulations for the City of Melrose:
- Bicycles shall be parked in the part of the sidewalk adjacent to the roadway curb (so long as compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act is maintained), at a public bike rack, or other locations expressly permitted by the municipality that is consistent with the local laws and regulations.
- Bicycles must not be parked immediately adjacent to or within: loading zone, accessible parking zone or other facilities specifically designated for handicap accessibility, fire hydrant, curb ramp, entryway, driveway, or parklet.
- Use of public sidewalks must not a) adversely affect the streets or sidewalks b) not inhibit pedestrian movement or c) create conditions which are a threat to public safety and security.
- Bicycles parked in one location for more than seven consecutive days without moving may be removed by the municipality at the expense of the bike share vendor.
- Any bicycle that is parked incorrectly shall be re-parked or removed by the vendor within 3 hours if notified between 7AM – 7PM on weekdays, not including holidays, and at all other times within 12 hours of receiving notice.
- An inoperable bike, or any bicycle that is not safe to operate, shall be removed from the public right-of-way by the vendor and made unavailable to the public, within 24 hours of notice.
- Vendor shall remove all bicycles from within municipality’s public right of way if more than 3 inches of snow is predicted within the 24 hour forecast or the City implements a Snow Emergency Parking Ban. The bicycles shall not be redistributed until the snow is sufficiently melted or the Snow Emergency Parking Ban is no longer in effect.
If you see a LimeBike parked incorrectly or that is broken or inoperable, please notify LimeBike through one of the following customer service outlets:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call or text 1-888-546-3345
- Directly through the Lime app on your smartphone
- Through the City of Melrose’s SeeClickFix website or app
Lime is the largest shared bike and scooter provider in the United States, operating in over 100 markets in the U.S. and across the globe. Lime recently hit 11.5 million bike and scooter rides.
“We are thrilled to officially launch Melrose as part of a larger, coordinated system in the region,” said Lime’s Director of Expansion, Scott Mullen. “Indeed the residents and visitors of Melrose have already embraced our bikes in neighboring cities and this launch reflects our deep commitment to sustainable, active and fun transportation in Melrose.”
Lime will station bikes in a handful of hot spots around the city, including downtown, around the three MBTA Commuter Rail stations, and on Washington Street near Oak Grove Station. When a user is done riding a bike, they simply park it at a bike rack or on the sidewalk next to the curb, making sure not to block pedestrian or wheelchair path access, driveways, crosswalks, or loading zones. Bikes will be redistributed on a regular basis by Lime to ensure that they are readily available and removed when a significant snow storm will render them impractical.
For more information about dockless bike share in Melrose, please visit: www.cityofmelrose.org/office-planning-and-community-development/pages/bike-share-program