Bike-share program comes to Mattapoisett
Rows of turquoise bikes on Monday appeared on the once sparsely populated bike racks around Mattapoisett.
VeoRide, an Indiana-based corporation, launched a bike-sharing program, bringing 30 of its rentable bikes into town.
The bikes cost $2 per-hour to rent and are all equipped with a GPS system that allows users to find them around town using VeoRide’s mobile application for smartphones. Users can also unlock the bikes with the mobile app and pay using a credit card.
While there are several strategic locations where the bikes are clustered around, VeoRide is a “dockless” program. This means users are free to leave the bikes anywhere they want, as long its in public view and within town limits.
Bikes are clustered around the Town Wharf, the Town Beach, the public library, Ned’s Point, the bike path Brant Island Rd. and Mattapoisett landing.
Bonne Desousa, a founding member of the South Coast Bikeway Alliance, said her organization facilitated the deal between VeoRide and the town after making efforts to bring a bike-share program to the area for months.
“We think we have a great demographic for this kind of program here because of all of the summer residents and families,” Desousa said.
While Desousa said these kinds of bike-share programs are more common in urban areas, she said the town surveyed residents and found that there was a lot of interest in a bike-share program in Mattapoisett.
“It was a very popular proposition," she said. "I think it’s a great resource to have for quick transportation,”
The South Coast Bikeway Alliance would like to see all towns of the South Coast adopt a similar program, Desousa said.