Conventional bike share uses expensive and bulky docks for securing bikes. These bikes do not communicate individually, but instead rely on the kiosk to send information to HQ. Casual users can only access bikes by purchasing a new ride ticket from the kiosk each time, and if the kiosk is vandalized or runs out of battery, the entire station is disabled.
Social Bicycles places all the locking technology on the bike itself, creating a ‘smart-bike’ that locks to regular racks. This diminishes infrastructure costs significantly and eliminates the single point of failure caused by conventional kiosks. Kiosks are optional with the Social Bicycles system, further reducing costs and increasing flexibility in deployment.