City Leaders Visit Massimo Facility with Chinese Delegation
Members of the City of Garland's senior management toured the Massimo Motors Headquarters facility with a delegation from Jiangyan City, China, on July 24. The Chinese delegation visited to explore a partnership between their city and Garland for future economic development opportunities here.
Massimo assembles and distributes utility task vehicles (UTVs) throughout the U.S.
The City’s management team and mayor pro tem met with the delegation and Massimo leadership to discuss the potential of a partnership. During the visit, they discussed the newest addition to Massimo, VBikes, a bike-share company whose popularity has recently exploded within the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and soon will be available across the U.S.
Unlike other bike-sharing programs, VBikes are not locked up at bike stations. Instead, an app uses GPS to pinpoint their locations and identify the closest bike, and riders can unlock the bike with their phone. To end a trip, riders park near their destination and manually lock the bike's back wheel.
A VBike costs $1 per hour with a maximum of $10 for a 24-hour period. Riders must pay a $99 refundable deposit by credit card or PayPal before renting a bike. After the ride, the app shows the trip's duration, distance, calories burned and carbon footprint saved.