The bike-share ordinance approved on Monday by Plano City Council allows bikes from permitted companies on the city’s public sidewalks, trails, streets, alleys and other public pathways. It also requires companies to tell their customers not to bike in some parts of the city, including the sidewalks of downtown Plano.
Several companies—including Ofo, VBikes and LimeBikes—had been operating in Plano since before the ordinance took effect, the city’s Director of Special Projects Peter Braster told The Dallas Morning News in January.
As part of the ordinance, the city will now outline acceptable “home zones” where bicycles can be parked. Each bike-share company would be restricted to three bikes at any one location. Bicycles in Plano will also be required to bear the company’s phone number in order to make it easier to report inappropriately parked bikes.
Several areas of town will be off-limits to bike-share users. Bike-share companies are required to notify their customers that they may not ride the bikes on sidewalks in downtown Plano, Legacy Town Center or Memorial Park.
Permits granted this year will expire at the end of December, at which point Plano officials will re-evaluate the various companies that want to continue operating in the city.