The hub-centric model
We took the best practices from both station-based bike shares and free-floating systems to create a model that is both flexible and easy to manage. We call it the hub-centric model.
The hub-centric model uses designated parking locations for the pick-up and drop-off of rentable bikes. A hub is defined in our system by the GPS coordinates of a point and a radius (e.g. 10 meters) around that point within which riders can drop off a bike. They can’t end a rental unless they lock the bike within the delimited area, and there is a limited number of bikes that can be dropped off in that area. We set the maximum capacity of a pick-up & drop-off location based on the available space in each situation and, if required, in coordination with city officials. Once a location reaches its capacity, it’s not shown anymore as a drop-off option in the app. Clean and orderly bike share!
Hubs are pick-up and/or drop-off locations that users can choose from.
Each hub has a radius (e.g. 10m) within which riders must end their rental.
Building a bike share based on the hub-centric model doesn’t require expensive and space-demanding infrastructure such as docking stations, and allows for a better control over the system for both operators and city authorities, because they always know where the bikes are placed before and after a rental.