BrightBikes for rent on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach.
Brightline expanded its services in South Florida this spring with an eco-friendly twist. Along with Related Cos., the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority and Micromobility Management, Brightline introduced BrightBike in the spring, a bikeshare program with a fleet of 150 pedal bikes and 17 parking stations throughout the city.
Brightline is a high-speed rail line running between West Palm Beach and Miami, with a stop in Fort Lauderdale.
“We are creating alternative modes of transportation for our riders to easily get to their final destination,” said Patrick Goddard, the president of Brightline.
The 30-pound bikes have three speeds and can be reserved with a QR code at the docking stations or on the BrightBike app, allowing riders to take out and return bikes at any time. The BrightBikes can be rented by the hour or day for as little as $1 per 30 minutes. Monthly memberships will be offered soon, starting at $20, and will have a reciprocity program for riders who use Citibike in Miami, creating a seamless transportation experience.
“We are working to make our mobility network even more efficient by providing safe, equitable and sustainable transportation options,” West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James said in a statement.
The 17 docking stations are spread across the city at grocery stores, apartment complexes and the waterfront. Key stations include the Tri-Rail WPB station, City Hall, Clematis Street and the WPB Convention Center.
“BrightBike is an excellent addition to the growing set of mobility options available in the downtown district,” said Raphael Clemente, the executive director of the Downtown Development Authority. “And not only is it a functional addition, but a really fun one as well, adding to the identity of downtown West Palm Beach as a vibrant, accessible and thriving area.”