Rental bikes have disappeared from the St. Louis streets almost as quickly as they appeared there. Bike-sharing services debuted in St. Louis in April, and there were 1,500 dockless bikes on the streets in both June and July.
However, those bikes numbered just 200 by September. Hundreds of the bikes that once cruised St. Louis streets are now stacked five high in an alleyway in the Dogtown neighborhood.
The arrival of dockless scooters is partly responsible for the bikes’ demise. As of September, there were 1,000 scooters on St. Louis streets, and demand for them has outpaced interest in the bikes.
But the difficulty of maintaining the bikes has also been a culprit in their disappearance. According to Lime, the bike-sharing company stashing its spare bikes in the Dogtown alleyway, all those bikes are awaiting repairs.
Lime said the St. Louis bikes have not sustained damage significantly faster than its bikes in other markets, but that the bikes eventually break from use.
Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch