Similar to car sharing, bicycle sharing describes a membership-based system of short-term bicycle rental. Members check a bicycle out from a network of automated stations, ride to the station nearest their destination, and leave the bicycle safely locked for someone else to use. The emphasis is on short trips where the bicycle is returned within 30 minutes to keep it in circulation where it can be shared with others. This is different from traditional bicycle rental where you keep possession of the bicycle for an extended period (half-day, full-day or longer).
While bicycle sharing can be very affordable for short trips, pricing is set to discourage longer trips: with your pass, each 30-minute trip is free, but usage fees are added for every additional 30-minute period that you keep the bicycle without re-docking it. The bicycles are designed and built to withstand the rigors of constant use and exposure; they are well made, but heavier than you’d want to ride for an extended period.
Bikes can be returned to any station anywhere in the system, creating an efficient network with many possible connection points and combinations of departures and arrivals