Help Oppose Florida SB 1304/HB 1033

On December 19, 2017, Florida State Senator Dana Young introduced SB 1304: Dockless Bicycle Sharing in the Florida Senate, and on December 18th, 2017, Representative Jackie Toledo introduced the same bill, HB 1103, into the Florida House.

Although currently in Florida, similar legislation may be introduced in your own states. NABSA encourages you to be on watch for similar bills in your states.

NABSA invites all of our members and allies to sign on to the letter of opposition that we will be sending to the Florida House and Senate.

This bill is problematic because:

  • It preempts local control over bikeshare implementation
  • It preempts local control over the public right of way
  • It preempts local control over safety standards
  • It does not outline sufficient safety standards for shared public-use bicycles
  • It  preempts local control over bikeshare operational requirements
  • It does not outline sufficient operational requirements
  • It does not address privacy protection of sensitive customer data
  • It attacks currently operating bikeshare systems that have a proven track record of success

The bill seeks to cancel important provisions of contracts with multiple vendors and municipalities in Florida, as well as preempt local governmental power to make decisions about bikeshare issues. These issues include safety, equipment quality and life cycle, maintenance, rebalancing, customer service, fleet size, user data privacy, and other critical policies.  The bill undercuts the years of hard work, investment, and success that current bikeshare programs operating in the state of Florida have realized, as well as possibly subjects the public to unnecessary safety hazards.

NABSA advocates for what is good for the entire bikeshare industry.  Legislation that benefits a few players while harming the rest, goes against our Code of Conduct and is not something that NABSA supports.

Read the Letter