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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Council Member Eric Ulrich, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, Community Board 14 Chair Dolores Orr and other local officials joined Spin, the leading stationless bikeshare company in North America, in a rally to support bringing bike share to the Rockaways. 

Spin is entering into robust conversations with the NYC Department of Transportation to bring such a dockless system to New York City with a focus on areas currently underserved by mass transit, starting with the Rockaways.  Photos from the rally can be viewed here (courtesy of Council Member Eric Ulrich’s office).

 Spin hopes to phase in and distribute approximately 100 to 150 of Spin’s solar-powered, GPS-enabled, self-locking smartbikes across the Rockaway peninsula to provide an innovative, equitable mode of transportation for a community thirsty for more mobility in the near future. Unlike traditional bikeshare systems, Spin dockless bikes require no fixed racks, can be parked anywhere, and do not cost cities one cent.

“Bikesharing represents the future, and companies like Spin can help to fill the void in areas like the Rockaways, which have been historically underserved when it comes to transportation options,” Council Member Ulrich said. “I am confident that bikesharing will be an asset for the community. Spin will provide Rockaway visitors and residents a new gateway to explore the businesses, beaches and bites of the Peninsula. Additionally, Spin has committed to hire locally and is already collaborating with area businesses.”

“We are grateful to the Rockaway community and support we've received from Senator Addabbo, Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato and Council Member Ulrich, who have championed the dockless bikeshare cause,” said James Moore, Head of Market Growth for Spin.  “We are encouraged that the City’s Transportation Department sees the value of dockless biking systems as a complement to the current system and we looking forward to working closely with DOT in the weeks ahead to bring this exciting new system to many underserved areas of the city.”

 "People all across this city should have access to affordable, feasible bicycle rentals, especially those individuals outside of Manhattan, in geographically isolated areas like Rockaway,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo.  “I am hopeful that the mayor's administration, along with its NYC DOT, can come to a professional agreement with Spin, in order to allow people to benefit from a credible service provider and enjoy the accommodation of having accessibility to bicycle rentals."

"The New York City bureaucracy should be there to help solve problems; but here, they're creating one," said Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato. "Councilman Ulrich has been trying to get us bike sharing, which would be a good step toward fixing our lack of transit options. It seems like the City both ignored our request for bikes and then blocked us when we tried to get our own. I'm excited to work with the folks at Spin, and all entrepreneurs who are working to fill in gaps in vital services.  I’ve worked for the City, and I have a great respect for process and systems.  But, first and foremost, we need to make sure we’re tapping the brainpower of everyone working for positive change out there, so we can give our neighbors the City they deserve.”

 "Community Board 14 is excited about Spin and their alternative dockless bike share system hopefully coming to the Rockaways, a community hungry for transportation alternatives," said Community Board 14 Chair Dolores Orr. 

Spin has committed to hire locally to manage operations, balance bike distribution, monitor usage and ensure high service standards. Instead of competing with businesses along and near the boardwalk, Spin will utilize the Peninsula’s many resources. Repairs to Spin’s bicycles have been contracted out Paul’s Bicycle Shop which will help boost business and will serve as a model for future.

Spin is currently operating in Seattle, South Francisco and Dallas with plans to grow in markets across the United States.  For more information about Spin, visit

Edited By Hannah Hayes