WEST PALM BEACH, FL: SkyBike, the public bike share program operating in West Palm Beach, has announced a partnership with West Palm Beach Atlantic University, that will provide discounts for students and staff for the bike share program.
There are two basic membership packages for students and staff. The first package is a monthly membership fee of $8, and the second is a $50 annual fee. Students and staff can connect their accounts to “West Palm Beach PBA Students” upon sign up or can select “partner” from the drop-down menu on the website. Students and staff will need to sign up with a pba.edu email address and will be asked for verification. Once the link if verified the account will be linked with SkyBike. With the monthly and annual memberships, students and staff will have unlimited 45-minute rides with the bikes.
The program partners with NextBike, a bike share company that operates in over 125 cities in 25 countries around the globe. NextBike manages the ground operations and provides the equipment and technology for the system.
Users can register online or download the NextBike app. The cost of the program is $99 per year or $14.95 a month and includes unlimited 45-minute trips. Riders can also choose a pay-as-you-go option for $3 per 30-minute ride.
Riders can use a smart phone or key card to unlock bicycles at any of the stations in the system. Once rented, the user will be given a code to unlock the bike and begin their 30 or 45-minute ride. The highlight of the system is the ability to park the bikes temporarily, as well as the ability for users to end their trip at a station that is already full. This feature, which is lacking in prior-generation bike sharing models, allows users to make stops mid-trip and eliminates the frustration of arriving at an already full station.