Cities benefit from open dockless data

Washington, DC just extended its dockless bike and scooter pilot, in part because feedback on the program is positive. DC’s program is remarkable not only for the warm reception it has received but for the open data provisions it has built in: participating companies are required to provide the public with APIs that show vehicle locations in the standard GBFS format. They’re also required to provide officials with ridership information through anonymized trips to help them plan a more integrated transportation system.

Other cities should consider similar requirements as they figure out their dockless futures: it’s not just about how people use the bikes and scooters, but about how the data gets used, too.