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San Diego Explained: Why Dockless Bikes Are Everywhere

On this week’s episode, Voice of San Diego’s Andrew Keatts and NBC 7’s Monica Dean break down the recent bike sharing craze that has dominated the city.

Bike sharing companies have been operating in San Diego for a while now. Large docking stations allow people to rent a bike, ride it around and return it to another dock elsewhere. The company that operates them — DecoBike — struck an exclusive with San Diego back in 2012 that made them the only company to offer such service.

But now, there’s competition in town.

A recent San Diego city attorney memo determined that other bike-share companies are allowed to operate here. Since then, four new companies that don’t require docks or any other permanent real estate have popped up.

On this week’s San Diego Explain, Voice of San Diego’s Andrew Keatts and NBC 7’s Monica Dean break down the recent bike sharing craze that has dominated the city.

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