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● Durham’s new dockless bike share program--LimeBike and Spin bikes work best for short trips, such as going to lunch, the bus stop, or getting someplace faster than walking. The bikes have a GPS and built-in lock, so residents can ride them anywhere in the city. When users get to their destination, they simply park the bike upright, lock it, and make sure it’s not blocking driveways, sidewalks, crosswalks, loading zones, accessible parking spaces, bus stops or street corners.
They can be located and rented using each company’s smartphone app and the cost is usually $1 for 30 minutes. If users do not have a smartphone or credit card, access cards will soon be available for purchase at Durham City Hall, located at 101 City Hall Plaza, and the Durham Station Transportation Center, located at 515 W. Pettigrew Street.
According to Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner Bryan Poole with the City’s Transportation Department, since the bikes do not need to be locked to a bike rack, they might show up in new places. “While it might seem like they have been abandoned, they are just waiting for the next customers,” Poole said. “The bikes do not need to be at a traditional rack, but should be parked upright, properly stored and locked. If residents see a bike that is not parked correctly, or if it has not moved for more than seven days, they should contact the company directly and report it.”
According to Poole, one of the main benefits of dockless bike share is that it operates with no investment from the City. After numerous bike share companies expressed an interest in operating in Durham, the City’s Transportation Department recommended developing a permit process for dockless bike share operation. The City Council approved an ordinance last month establishing a permit process and two companies – LimeBike and Spin − have now been approved.
Durham joins a growing number of cities embracing dockless bike share programs, including Greensboro, NC, Charlotte, NC, Seattle, WA, and Washington DC. For more information, contact Bryan Poole at (919)-560-4366, extension 36423 or Bryan.Poole@DurhamNC.gov.
● The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment Period is November 1 until December 15, 2017. Consumers who are not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid and do not have other health insurance coverage can enroll in or change health plans during open enrollment.
New coverage begins January 1, 2018. MDC, Durham County Department of Social Services and the Lincoln Community Health Center have navigators available to help individuals enroll in ACA. For a full list of local ACA assistance, visit https://localhelp.healthcare.gov.
North Carolina consumers can also call 855-755-3711 to schedule an appointment with a Lincoln Community Health Center ACA Navigator. Services are available in Spanish.
You may see an ACA Navigator at Lincoln Community Health Center (1301 Fayetteville Road, Durham, NC 27707) on:
Saturday, December 2nd
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Saturday, December 9th
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
MDC Main Office
307 W. Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
Durham County Social Services
414 E. Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
● We invite you to tune in to Cable TV Channel 8 and AT&T U-verse channel 99 to see rebroadcasts of Durham County Commissioner meetings as well as other Durham County programming that may be of interest to you. Please contact the Public Information Office at 919-560-0008 or visit our webpage by clicking here
● Durham County needs you! If you have a few hours to commit, Durham County has a number of boards and commissions that can benefit from your participation. We invite you to make a difference in our community. Contact the Clerk’s Office at 919-560-0025, visit the County's Boards and Commissions page by clicking here, or email email@example.com.