AT&T is partnering up with Social Bicycles to make biking through the city possible and very easy to use. The bicycles will have built-in GPS using AT&T’s wireless network to make the basic part of public bicycle renting possible – making sure they don’t get stolen or abandoned in some unknown place. On top of that, smartphone users will be able to use an app to locate Social Bicycle racks nearby, as well as reserve bikes and unlock them from the racks. Riders will then be able to bike around the city and return the Social Bicycle at any rack located in the city.
If you want to rent a bicycle, you’ll be able to use the smartphone app to reserve one. The app will automatically send your personalized pin to the rack, which will unlock the bicycle, checking out the bicycle in your name. You can also use the app to track stats like calories burned, emissions reduced, and dollars saved.
No specifics yet on how much those bike rentals will cost, but you can expect the service to roll out starting this fall in Buffalo, New York; Sun Valley, Idaho; and San Francisco, California. Social Bicycles will hit more cities at the beginning of 2013.