Although no bid has been awarded yet, city staff recommended Monday that the City Council choose a Massachusetts-based firm called Zagster, Schum said.
The next steps will be for the council to vote on awarding the bid — which will take place next Tuesday — and for the city to then enter negotiations with the chosen provider.
Upon launch, which is expected to take place sometime next semester, the bike-share system will follow the initial plan for 125 bikes, 250 docks and 14 stations, Schum said.
Eventually, the city hopes to place stations at the Greenbelt Metro station, the Hollywood shopping center, The Hotel at the University of Maryland, the Monument Village development and other city hot spots, Schum said. However, she noted expansion is contingent on the program’s success.
“What we’re not certain of is the exact locations,” Schum said. “But they will be both on-campus — and the university will help decide those locations — and off-campus, downtown at the Metro station, at the Quality Inn, at The Varsity.”
Each bike is equipped with 7 gears, front and rear lights, a bell, and a convenient front basket. Fenders and a chain guard keep riders looking clean.
The docks are more like bike racks and there is no kiosk since it is all to be done via one's smartphone.