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North American city deploys ‘smart bike’ system in effort to address mobility issues

Aurora has become the first of several cities in the state of Colorado to deploy a smart bike-share system. Colorado is accelerating its effort to address the urban mobility issues which affect most of its cities, and officials believe the introduction of the 'Spin dock-less bike-share system' can finally resolve the problem.

It has been announced that the solar-powered, GPS-enabled, self-locking smart bikes will be distributed across the city in order to provide an innovative, equitable mode of transportation for the city's residents who have called on elected officials to address the issue of mobility in the city.

Spin will launch its new service in Aurora, which is Colorado's third largest city by deploying 250 bikes. However, the firm expects to see demand for the service increase and is projecting that it will bring thousands more to the city as that demand exponentially rises.

The innovative smart bike service is designed to complement the city's current light rail and bus systems by offering the public an affordable yet convenient car-free mobility option to commute, explore and get around the city. Spin's bikes require no fixed racks, can be parked anywhere, and best of all it won't cost you a penny!

The orange-colored smart bikes can be unlocked by scanning a QR code on your smartphone, and can be dropped anywhere, as the bike can self-lock. Spin's CEO and co-founder, Derrick Ko, expressed his delight at the city's decision to introduce the 'smart bikes' into their public transportation system.

Spin's CEO said, "We are thrilled to bring Spin's dockless bike-share system to Aurora. We applaud Aurora's innovative and forward-thinking leadership, with whom we have worked closely at every step of the way, and we are excited to be part of this incredible community."

Aurora city planner Brenden Paradies echoed the sentiments of Spin's CEO and said he believed the smart bike service will be hugely popular with the city's residents. He said, "We are excited to welcome Spin to join our growing dockless bike-share network. Bike-sharing offers additional mobility options within our city's transportation network, and we look forward to watching dock-less bike-sharing become a favorite way for residents to get around town."

Spin's launch in Aurora, represents its third launch in a number of months. It received a huge boost in May when it generated $8m in a funding round led by Series A, and deployed its services at Rochester Institute of Technology and Furman University. In addition to this, it has been disclosed that Spin's team is being spearheaded by a number of individuals that have broad experience working with global ride-hailing service giants such as Lyft and Uber.