Dallas officials are giving the five bike-share companies that have planted small armies of brightly colored bikes across the city a deadline to get them in order.
City staff met with the companies on Dec. 7 to discuss operational expectations. Instead of improvement, Dallas officials have seen the situation “deteriorate.”
City Manager T.C. Broadnax sent a letter, directing the companies to take the following steps by Feb. 9.
1. Relocate all bicycles:
- Located on sidewalks narrower than 10 feet in width
- Located on turf, landscaping or other unimproved surfaces
- Blocking access locations to public or private property and transit stops (including bus and rail transit)
- Blocking sidewalk curb ramps
- Located on multi-use trails to their respective trailheads.
2. Provide the names and contact information for persons/entities managing your operational and maintenance activities.
If the companies — VBikes, ofo, Spin, LimeBike and Mobike — don’t comply, “the City may be left with no choice but to begin removing bicycles in its rights of way, sidewalks, trails and/or trailheads that are identified as obstructions or hazards.”
The bikes have gotten into some precarious places since Garland-based VBikes first brought bike-sharing to Dallas over the summer. This Instagram account is chronicling the "Dallas Bike Mess."