In May 2018, HBS released a Request for Information (RFI) to explore potential opportunities to improve, enhance and expand the existing bike share system. This RFI concerned bike share amenities and services, including equipment, technologies and software; as well as bike share best practices, recommendations, research, opinions and knowledge. Information from over 10 bike sharing and micromobility organizations was evaluated and used to inform a set of recommendations to the City of Houston.
HBS is pleased to submit these recommendations for how the City of Houston can implement a dockless mobility program in partnership with private operators. With input from a robust group of stakeholders, the enclosed recommendations set forth a creative framework for new dockless vehicle options (bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters) to diversify Houston’s transportation landscape while respecting the public realm and right-of-way.
These recommendations are the result of a thoughtful and thorough process. We built a stakeholder committee comprised of local leaders within transportation, academia, land use and property districts. We received proposals from dockless operators, studied dockless programs and consulted with other cities for best policies and regulations. Through strategic stakeholder discussions, we considered the benefits, challenges and opportunities of dockless mobility and formulated guidelines for the city to build upon.
As the nonprofit operator of the Houston Bike Share Program since 2012, we remain committed to our mission to provide equitable access to bike share that fosters recreation, mobility and personal wellness. As we envision a Houston where everyone has access to a bike for work, play and transportation, we are excited to recommend a framework that allows for dockless micro-mobility options to provide even greater options for residents and visitors to explore and get around Houston.
Houston has already made great strides in improving bike/ped infrastructure. Embracing new forms of personal mobility will leverage public transit investments and provide Houstonians with options that reduce traffic congestion and pollution, boost public health and wellbeing, and increase overall mobility. It is our hope that these recommendations will serve the City of Houston in crafting appropriate regulations for managing a dockless mobility program that will improve and transform Houston’s transportation landscape.