Mobike bicycle share program launches in The Woodlands Town Center

Mobike, a bike sharing program, launched in The Woodlands Jan. 5.

Mobike, a bike sharing program, launched in The Woodlands Jan. 5.

The Woodlands Township leaders celebrated the launch of Mobike, the world’s first cashless and station-free bike sharing program, in Town Green Park on Jan. 5.

The program is already integrated into more than 200 cities worldwide and allows users to access environmentally sound, convenient transportation to get around urban areas.

The Woodlands Township board of directors unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding between the company and the township Dec. 6.

“The Woodlands is a health-conscious community and features many great outdoor activities for fitness with more than 200 miles of pathways and more than 130 parks,” Township Chairman Gordy Bunch said in a statement. “There are so many great places to see and visit by bicycle. We’re pleased Mobike wants to launch its first concept in Texas right here in The Woodlands.”

The unique bike design utilizes GPS and a smart lock system paired with a smartphone app, available in the App Store and on Google Play, to allow riders to reserve and park bikes at their convenience, within the Town Center limits.

The app allows users to reserve and locate the nearest available Mobike and pay by credit card online. Mobike has a one-time refunding deposit and fares are calculated based on the amount of time a bike is used.

The app also allows users to build their Mobike Score, which is based on bike safety, parking habits, cleanliness and frequency of use.

“We are happy to call The Woodlands Township home and look forward to working with more jurisdictions across Houston in the coming months,” said Jason Wong, U.S. general manager for Mobike, in a statement. “We want to thank The Woodlands Township Board of Directors and everyone involved with the planning process for accepting us with open arms as we strive to make cycling the most convenient, affordable and environmentally friendly transportation option for residents and visitors alike.”

For more information about Mobike, click here.
By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.



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