Baltimore Sun Reports that the Baltimore Bike Share program is shutting down temporarily, to update the security equipment on its 200 piece fleet of rentable bicycles. The local bike share program opened in 2016, but has weathered a rocky start after a high number of instances of theft, and related damage to locking docks. The bikes are outfitted with GPS, and generally recovered when stolen, but the track-downs and maintenance to the bikes and the locking docks take time, money, and man power away from a small staff.
The organization confirmed the temporary recall of bicycles on its twitter account, and assured followers that yearly shutdowns in bike share programs are typical, and to be expected. Baltimore Bike Share is expected to be back and running, with a new and improved locking system by October 15, and will offer free bike rides to all current monthly pass-holders after the relaunch in hopes of soothing annoyances, and regaining trust. Baltimore Bike Share is a partnership between The City of Baltimore, and Bewegen Technologies, an urban transportation and bike share systems provider out of Canada.