Chatham Area Transit officials have decided to end its bikeshare program at the end of the year. It blames changes to technology and the market for the close.
In Savannah, people say one of the biggest problems with the program is that you have to return the bike to the same station you rented it from. And there are only two stations.
In other cities, you can drop off a bike at any location. In Savannah, that would require an update to the bike’s technology. CAT does not have funding to make that happen.
The program launched in January 2014.
Other cities cooperate with private companies to provide bikeshare program to residents. CAT says several private companies have approached them with a proposal. Proposals from private companies would cost very little — or not at all — to taxpayers.
City officials say they will consider those proposals after they have refined regulations.