Slidr, a bike share program based in Boca Raton, Florida, was the one company to respond to a RFP issued by city hall for a company to design, market, operate and maintain a bike share program that could last up to three years with the pilot period starting this summer. The city’s RFP calls for a “self-sufficient, independently operated system requiring no community capital or operating expenses….the City seeks a Provider to provide these services at no cost to the City other than limited logistical support and who will bear the financial responsibilities of the bike share system,” according to the RFP.
Last year Bruce Hyman, Portland’s Transportation Manager, tried to negotiate a contract with JUMP, a division of Uber for a similar program, but it did not materialize as hoped.
Slidr responded to the RFP with its own 25 page proposal. Included was a reference list with client name and a description of the client. Of the eight references, all of them were located in southern states where the season is if not year round, almost. This is in contrast to the much shorter summer season enjoyed here in Maine.
For more background information on the failed Uber program, please visit posts dated March 28, 2019 and February 28, 2019 herein.