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'Dockless' bike share pilot program set to begin this month in DC

'Dockless' bike share pilot program set to begin this month in DC (ABC7)

A new bikeshare option could soon be coming to D.C.

The District Department of Transportation is looking into possibly expanding bike-share to include dockless options.

Unlike the current system where riders have to pick up and return a bike to a docking station, this new system would use bikes that self lock and can be accessed via smartphone apps.

DDOT says the dockless system has the potential to expand the number of bike-share bikes in D.C. and provide bike access where bike-share infrastructure doesn't currently exist.

DDOT says a pilot program will begin around Wednesday, September 20 and last through April 2018.

During this time DDOT will evaluate the benefits and impacts, and develop appropriate regulations for the new system.

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