Rugged Cycles deployed a 300 bike bike share system with seven stations in the summer of 2013! This winter the system is expected to expand to 500 bikes. I am sure that this is the largest University bike share program, in fact it is probably the largest bike share program in the State of Texas – and you know how they like everything BIG in Texas!!
Check out the website: www.maroonbikeshare.com
It maybe time for the City of Vancouver to take a look at the investment they made into the Helmet/bike share system locally built by the SandVault Group!
SandVault’s equipment has been the only profitable bike share system that I know about, deployed in Miami Beach. Take a look at Vancouver’s local public bike share equipment supplier: www.sandvault.com
The more locations for the stations the better the system will be for all, hitting maximum density is key with this type of system.
Here is a great article on why Capital Bike Share is the best in the United States:
But lets look at the facts and compare the two most popular bike share solutions in the United States:
In terms of size, ridership, and financial viability—is in Washington, D.C. How
did D.C. accomplish this unlikely task?
1. Funding (Financial Viability):
Miami Beach: Paid for by Deco Bike
Washington DC: Paid for by US tax payers
2. Rides in the first two years (Ridership):
Miami Beach: 2,153,350
Washington DC: 1,851,857
3. Members (both annual and walk up):
Miami Beach: 600,000+
Washington DC: 270,000
Miami Beach: 100 Stations
Washington DC: 189 Stations
After the second try at a bike share solution, Washington DC has done a great job building and implementing Capital Bike Share. Deco Bike in Miami – second best bike share system in the United States?
New York City with 10,000 bikes and a sponsor of 30+ million dollars will be taking the crown away from Washington.
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Just finished reading this article by Janet Larson:
I was blown away by the accuracy of her article and the current state of the fastest growing mode of public transportation – EVER!
There are a few notes that I would like to add:
1. The City of Toronto is complaining about the overhead and operational costs of their public bike share solution – this does not bode well for the “smart dock” technology despite the great membership program. Suggestions that the transit commission take over the operations may change the way public bike share is deployed in North America.
2. Phoenix will be moving forward with a “smart bike” technology with a twist – walk up users will also be able to use their credit card at a SandVault “PayStation”.
3. The City of Austin and the City of Cincinnati, are both deciding on how to proceed with their Public Bike Share program.
4. Boise and Norfolk have gone through an RFI process and will be going to an RFP process.
5. Hamilton will be going to RFP process in the summer of 2013.
Exciting times are ahead for Public Bike Share! If you would like to add more to my rant – please send me an e-mail at email@example.com, of fill out the form below:
Not all cities have to deal with flooding, however this is something to consider for some locations.
There is a method to the design by the SandVault Group!
Here is an article that proves it – http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/02/if-you-build-bike-share-riders-will-come/4673/ , but wait there is more proof.
In a recent RFP from the City of Boston, it states that PUBLIC BIKE SHARE has increased bicycle ridership in the City of Boston by 80% over ridership in 2007 – 80%!!!
The increase in ridership in Miami Beach and Washington DC must be off the charts!
2012 marked a record-breaking year for DecoBike LLC’s Miami Beach bike sharing program with the country’s highest increase in ridership. With 1,290,606 rides logged in 2012 alone, it’s the busiest fleet per-bike of any US bikeshare program and represents more than a 100% increase in ridership from 2011. The program is a true leader with nearly 2 million total trips logged– more usage than all other US bike share programs combined, with the exception of Washington DC’s government-owned Capital Bikeshare.
2013 rings in DecoBike’s scheduled expansion into a variety of new territories including the city of San Diego and other areas of Miami-Dade County, adding an estimated 240 new stations and 2,400 DecoBikes into the streets with other new programs to be announced in the coming months.
“Imagine a new public transportation system for Sacramento, flexible, cheap and sustainable, providing cardio-workout benefits and devouring near-zero energy. The system is neither experimental nor destined to become obsolete in a few years. In fact, it’s been tested in various formats for years and is established globally as a marvel of engineering logic.”
“Political involvement used to be measured by three metrics: Did you donate? Did you volunteer? Did you vote? Today, there’s a fourth dimension: Did you change your consumption habits to influence policy?”
DecoBike Partners with sponsor Heineken for the Mural Project in Miami.
For any US City thinking about exploring public bike share systems, below is great information and one of the best places to start.
Washington DC doesn’t have to contend with the software issues, as they’re system uses the older proven core technology. Will San Diego launch before San Fransisco, Chicago and New York?
Helmet law or not all public bike share systems should offer the choice of a helmet.
“This is not an endorsement for any jurisdiction adopting an ordinance making it mandatory for cyclists to wear helmets, but an incident last weekend in Arlington should remind bikers that shielding their noggins should be a constant habit, not a sometimes thing.
ARLnow reports a cyclist out for a ride on Sunday afternoon was taken to an area hospital after being struck by a runaway dump truck which proceeded to knock him over and run over his head. Seriously:
The man was knocked to the ground and one of the truck’s tires ran over his head, said Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. The man was wearing a helmet at the time and the helmet likely saved his life. He was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital’s trauma center with non-life-threatening injuries, Sternbeck said.
Seriously, helmet laws are pointless governmental busywork and don’t prevent bike crashes or injuries, but helmets are very important cycling accessories that can do amazing things, like PROTECT YOUR HEAD FROM BEING CRUSHED BY A RENEGADE DUMP TRUCK.”
Let the people decide!
During the presentation in September with the Mayor of San Diego, the Mayor asked the participants to fill out a survey on the three public bike share solutions present, SandVaults bike share equipment and Deco’s / Rugged bike share cycle were there and up for the challenge.
Well, I guess the results speak for itself! Congratulations to Deco Bike and to the City of San Diego.
Great Information on Public Bike Share Systems in the United States (Sept 2012):
There is a new kid on the public bike share block.
Bike Nation will be deploying systems in:
Los Angeles, CA
Long Beach, CA
New York City University Bike Share Opens!
This is not to be confused with the delayed public bike share systems from BIXI. This is a University bike share in the following locations that is very inexpensive with 75 bikes and 10 locations!
Please have a look at this North American Public Bikesharing report!!
“Public bikesharing—the shared use of a bicycle fleet—is an innovative transportation strategy that has recently emerged in major North American cities. Information technology (IT)-based bikesharing systems typically position bicycles throughout an urban environment, among a network of docking stations, for immediate access. Trips can be one-way, round-trip, or both, depending on the operator. Bikesharing can serve as both a first-and-last mile (connector to other modes) and a many-mile solution. As of January 2012, 15 IT-based, public bikesharing systems were operating in the United States, with a total of 172,070 users and 5,238 bicycles. Four IT-based programs in Canada had a total of 44,352 users and 6,235 bicycles.
This study evaluates public bikesharing in North America, reviewing the advances in technology and major events during its rapid expansion. We conducted 14 interviews with industry experts, public officials, and governmental agencies in the United States and Canada during summer 2011/spring 2012 and interviewed all 19 IT-based bikesharing organizations in the United States and Canada in spring 2012. Several bikesharing insurance experts were also consulted in spring 2012. Notable developments during this period include the emergence of a close partnership between vendor and operator and technological advances, such as mobile bike-docking stations that can be moved to different locations and real-time bike/station tracking to facilitate system rebalancing and provide user information.
During fall 2011 and early 2012, we also completed a user survey (n=10,661) to obtain information on four early IT-based systems: BIXI in Montreal; BIXI in Toronto; Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C.; and Nice Ride Minnesota in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and Saint Paul). The survey found that the most common trip purpose for bikesharing is commuting to either work or school. Not surprisingly, respondents in all cities indicated that they increased bicycling as a result of bikesharing. Respondents in the denser cities generally stated that they walked and rode bus and rail less, while in the Twin Cities, respondents reported that they walked and rode rail more but rode the bus slightly less. These shifts may be a function of city size and density, as open-access bicycles can more quickly and easily serve riders on congested transportation networks. Respondents in all cities overwhelmingly indicated that they drive less as a result of bikesharing, indicating that it reduces vehicle miles/kilometers traveled and vehicle emissions.” – http://transweb.sjsu.edu/PDFs/research/1029-public-bikesharing-understanding-early-operators-users.pdf
“I have ridden bicycles with a helmet for the last 30 years and now feel naked if I ride without one. I have spent many years riding professionally as a bike patrol supervisor, I run a bike-tour company (fraserriverbiketours.com) and forth ree decades while enjoying the sport I have witnessed first hand dozens of times helmets have prevented serious injury.
Nobody plans to have an accident; that is why they are called accidents. Once when I was waiting for a light beside a friend who was a UBC student with a bright future as a lawyer, such an accident occurred. She left the curb and in one of those rare moments of fate she missed her pedal and rolled off her bike. I was about to laugh when she hit her head on the curb with that horrible sound like a watermelon fracturing.
Before this she was a part of an antihelmet lobby and used to tease me as being a legalist for I would insist on my patrol members wearing a helmet even though the law was just being proposed. I wish that she was still able to argue her point but after that accident she was in a vegetative state until she died a few years later from complications from that accident.
Helmets make a big difference when you land on your head. If you ride long enough it will probably happen to you.
Modern helmets don’t heat up, fit well and if you think you look bad with helmet hair, try brain damage on for size.
Those trying to change the law to allow cycling without helmets usually have a vested interest besides their vanity and the fear of helmet hair. The latest controversy is over the new biking system being considered for Vancouver. These take-abike-and-ride systems are not issue-free but when politicians want something, the tendency is to highlight what they want to promote and hide want they don’t want discussed, like bike theft, damaged bikes and hurting bike rental companies.
I hope that the helmet-law argument is outed for what it really is – a safety compromised for the sake of a pet project”
Tom Littlewood, New Westminster
Local Company has a Helmet Strategy for Vancouver:
“Decorating the Long Island beach community just outside New York City, is the first Decobike system outside of Florida. With 15 stations and 200 bikes, the system launched on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Like its Miami Beach sister, the system can be used as subscription based bike-sharing or for hourly rentals from the same stations. The pricing structure can be seen here. On the first Sunday of operation, the system had close to 2 usages for each one of the bikes. That is very respectable. There is a train every hour from Penn Station in New York City directly to a Decobike station in Long Beach, NY. Everyone in the New York City metropolitan area can get a taste of bike-sharing before the City serves up its main course.” Russell Meddin
I had the opportunity to visit with Russell During the Velo-City Conference in Vancouver – It was a great experience, what a wealth of knowledge!
Let me get this correct. PBSC has to sell the export side of the company because Bergeron’s report pointed out that under the city’s charter, it has no legal right to be involved in a commercial enterprise, they have a 108 million dollar loan guarantee from the City of Montreal, the original technology provider is now suing the company for 26 million dollars – – so does this mean the potential owners of the system would now have a 26 million dollar lawsuit to contend with?
How will this affect the future of the 10,000 bike system going into New York, the 3000 bike system going into Chicago, let alone the pilot program in San Fransisco and other pending systems? If this doesn’t bring a little uncertainty to city officials nothing will, maybe more than just Montreal tax payers will be on the hook for the popular bike share system?
“Few people know that it is 8D Technologies that developed the core technological solution that powers the BIXI bike-sharing system, which in turn has greatly contributed to the worldwide reputation and recognized success of the system, which is currently deployed, using 8D’s technological solution, in a dozen cities on three continents.
8D’s wireless, solar-powered 8D BSS (Bike Sharing System) technological solution primarily contains the following hardware and software components, which were conceptualized and are owned by 8D Technologies: the payment terminals (designed by Québécois industrial designer Michel Dallaire), electronic boards (for the terminal and bike docks), a comprehensive back office software solution that fully addresses the management and operational needs of the bike-sharing schemes regarding payments, operations management, accounts, billings, subscriptions and payments, power control (solar energy), user interaction, communication between bike docks and payment terminals, configuration, monitoring and operations. From a services point of view, 8D manages the majority of the bike-sharing schemes in the cities around the world, from its installations in Montreal, the hosting services being part of the solution it provides. 8D also created the Spotcycle mobile application for iPhone, BlackBerry Android, and the Spotcycle Web application.”
“Montreal’s auditor general says the city missed several crucial steps in the creation and management of the Bixi bike-sharing program.
In a report released Monday, Auditor General Jacques Bergeron said the city didn’t properly study the program’s feasibility before its launch. He also said the city it has no authority to market and export the concept, and the Bixi service will cost taxpayers millions for years to come.
Bergeron wrote in his report that basic elements of management were neglected, including risk and cost-benefit analyses, and allowance for a financial margin of error.
In May, city council approved a $108-million bailout package for the program, including $37-million to cover Bixi’s deficit, and another $71-million in loan guarantees to export and develop the system abroad.
Exporting the concept is a major source of income for the program.
But Bergeron’s report pointed out that under the city’s charter, it has no legal right to be involved in a commercial enterprise.”
What does a core technology change for BiXi mean?
Please comment if any of this information is incorrect.
SandVault is one of 15 international contenders for the entrepreneurial ventures in sustainable transportation – the MobiPrize People’s Choice award!!
Created by the University of Michigan SMART initiative with the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation, MobiPrize recognizes enterprises that demonstrate innovative and replicable solutions to local and global transportation challenges.
SandVault qualifies because we are “Flexible by design”,designs are built to the clients specifications.
Information on what SandVault does here:
Please vote for SandVault before May 1st here:
This is a great interview discussing the mandatory helmet law in Vancouver and public bike share – it is worth the listen:
Sustainability: Is Affordable, operates fairly and efficiently, offers a choice of transport mode, and supports a competitive economy, as well as balanced regional development.
SPOKIES – The new Public Bike Share solution for the City of Oklahoma City will launch in the spring of 2012!
With the changing dynamic of Public Bike Share – SPOKIES will use 100 bicycles already purchased for their public bike share solution. Oklahoma City is the only City in North America to use bicycles previously purchased and modified for a public bike share.
Oklahoma City (OKC) will be using the “Deco Bike” (www.decobike.com) philosophy for a completely sustainable public bike share solution. By using bikes already purchased, and by hiring a local company “Downtown OKC” to market, and operate the system, it will be Built by locals for locals.
OKC has partnered with SandVault Group to supply the technology for the public bike share pilot. “We partnered with SandVault (www.sandvault.com) because when we expand the system to hit critical mass we hope to build the rest of the system locally using local manufacturers as well as marketing and operating the system locally.
The fee structure has been approved and has been designed specifically for the OKC market.
Downtown OKC will create an image that fit into the local environment that will be marketable to locals and local businesses making bike sharing a sustainable, alternate mode of transportation in the downtown area.
Sustainability: Is Affordable, operates fairly and efficiently, offers a choice of transport mode, and supports a competitive economy, as well as balanced regional development.
Deco Bike has changed the dynamic of Public Bike Share! They are the only large scale Public Bike Share operator to implement a completely sustainable solution. “Every day each DECOBIKE is used on average 5 to 6 times by residents, tourists, and the Beautiful People who flock to Miami Beach, Florida. DECOBIKE is the first privately funded city-wide bike-sharing system in North America. It has completed its first year by logging close to 720,000 rides, with 100,000 in the last 30 days.” – Russell Meddin bike-sharing blog
It is much more than the fact that the program is popular, or that the Public Bike Share system was completely funded privately, Deco Bike took the concept of sustainability and implemented from scratch.
First they pick a partner/supplier (SandVault) that would help with design but allowed a large portion of the system to be built locally, this does not happen with Bcycle or BiXi. “Built by locals for locals” was the first part of the sustainable business solution.
Second is to have the Public Bike Share system operated by locals – this is the second part of the business solution, and continues as Deco Bike expands throughout North America and beyond.
Third was to develop a fee structure that allowed the system to be financially successful, but affordable in the Miami Beach market.
Fourth was to create an image that fit into the local environment that allowed the system to be marketable to locals and local businesses making bike sharing cool and sexy in Miami Beach – another success. “Starting with 550 bikes, there are now 800 bikes in the system. Soon there will 1,000 bikes rolling through the Miami Beach streets and next to the ocean. In its first year, 4% of the City’s residents have subscribed to the long-term membership option. The program is celebrating its anniversary financially in the black.” –Russell Meddin bike-sharing blog
Fifth was to design and assemble a vandal proof bike specifically for the environment that the Public Bike Share solution would be in, this would help with all the first four steps.
This model has not been duplicated by any other operator in North America, of course not every city is the same as Miami Beach, but the idea of having a truly sustainable Public Bike Share solution starts with the proper ideal – this is why there is only one operator in North America that truly has the experience in operating a sustainable Public Bike Share solution.
Derrick Moennick – www.publicbikeshare.com
Oklahoma City will implement a Public Bike Share solution in the spring of 2012.
Alta wins over Bcycle for the Chicago Public Bike Share solution.
“The City of Portland is putting the pieces in place for the new bike sharing system they say is coming in spring 2013. On Friday (without any fanfare at all), they launched PDXBikeShare.com, which gives us our first look at how PBOT is marketing the program and, more importantly, marks the launch of an interactive station locator tool.”
Make sure to take a look at what Portland has learned from Public Bike Share systems in the US!
People bike more after joining bike share, even if they own a bike.
Bike sharing makes getting around more convenient for everyone. Two thirds of Minneapolis bike share members reported biking more after joining even though 77% owned a personal bike.
Big systems work, small systems don’t.
There are hundreds of places in Portland that people want to go to. The more stations you have, the more likely it is that a bike sharing station is near your destination. Too few stations and the system isn’t a practical choice. DC’s first system had only 10 stations and very little use. DC metro’s new system has 140 stations and had 1 million trips in its first year.
Bike sharing works best in dense places.
Bike share is designed for short trips under three miles and 30 minutes. Cities get the most bang for the buck by locating stations at popular origins and destinations, such as workplaces, schools, and shopping districts. As the system grows, additional areas can be added.
Bike share stations need to be close together.
Whether you’re parking your car or bike or getting off transit, you want to be close to your final destination. If your bike share station is full, nearby stations provide a convenient back-up option to return a bike.
Theft and vandalism aren’t major concerns.
Before bike sharing came to the North America, a lot of people worried that the bikes would end up vandalized, stolen or at the bottom of the river. That hasn’t happened.
Today’s bike sharing systems are built to withstand urban conditions – including people with ill intentions. Users must use a credit or debit cards to check out a bike, which creates user accountability. Minneapolis had one bike stolen in 2011. DC/Arlington’s Capital Bike Share theft rate is less than 1%.
US Bike Share Cities
Bike share systems are currently operating in 16 US cities and 14 cities are in the planning stages.
|Arlington||250||2011||Bixi||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Boston||610||2011||Bixi||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Boulder||200||2011||Bcycle||Boulder Bike Sharing|
|Broward County, FL||200||2011||Bcycle|
|Chattanooga||300||spring 2012||Bixi||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Chicago (current)||100||2010||Bcycle||Bike and Roll|
|Chicago (future)||3000||2012||Not selected|
|DC/Arlington||1200||2008/2010||Bixi||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Denver||500||2009||Bcycle||Denver Bike Sharing|
|Des Moines||18||2010||Bcycle||Des Moines Bicycle Collective|
|Houston||18||2012 (not open)||Bcycle|
|Kailua (Oahu, Hawaii)||12||2011||Bcycle||Hawaii Bcycle|
|Kansas City||200||2012 (not open)||Not selected|
|Long Beach, CA||160||2012-3||Not selected|
|Long Beach, NY||400||2012 (not open)||SandVault & DecoBikes||DecoBikes|
|Los Angeles||~200||2012-3||Not selected|
|Miami Beach||900||2011||Sandvault & DecoBikes||DecoBikes|
|New York City||10,000||2012 (not open)||Bixi||Alta Bike Share|
|Portland||Not determined||2013||Not selected|
|San Antonio||140||2011||Bcycle||San Antonio Bcycle|
|San Francisco||500||summer 2012||Not selected|
|Sacramento||12||2011 pilot (closed)||Midtown Bike Share||Sac. Midtown Bus Association…|
|Santa Monica||250||2016||Not selected|
|Tulsa||50||2007||Sandvault||St Francis Health Systems|
16 operating, 14 in planning stages
It’s not surprising Vancouver is dragging its feet on implementing the city’s promised bikeshare scheme – it’s one of the few major cities in the world with a law mandating the wearing of helmets by adults. There seems to be good reason for Vancouver to be nervous: the available evidence indicates bikeshare has failed in the only three cities its been tried in where helmets are compulsory i.e. Auckland, Brisbane and Melbourne.
These failures prompted a vigorous campaign in Australia and New Zealand for the repeal of mandatory helmet laws. The aim of advocates extends well beyond the welfare of Australasia’s ailing bikeshare schemes – most want the wearing of helmets to be made a matter of individual choice for all adult cyclists.
New figures released this week show usage of Melbourne Bike Share’s (MBS) blue Bixis reached a record high in January. Still, the performance is poor. On average, each Bixi only gets hired once per day. No data on typical hire times was made available but the pattern in other countries suggests each Bixi is used for less than 30 minutes per dayon average.
Public Bike Share in THE GLOBE AND MAIL!
Public Bike Share Stations to Quadruple in 2012!!
To be featured in the travel section of USA Today, is a very welcomed surprise.
The number of public bike share stations deployed in 2012 will quadruple, and this is a modest estimate. With the current number of stations being roughly 560, there will be at least 2500 stations in use going into 2013.
Key factors will be the deployment of public bike share solutions in the following cities: Miami, New York City and Chicago. It seems as though almost every City in North America is investigating the idea of public bike share.
There will be additional options to the public. With integrated safety options like on demand helmets at stations, electric bikes and better facilities (i.e. www.bartbikestation.com) we will see public bike share help increase the use of bicycling as an extension of public transit all over North America.
We will also see the current public bike share solutions expand. The positive impact of bicycling rather than driving will be realized by all. We will also see the use of electric bicycles; many people have not had the experience of this new found joy.
The concept of the lock on the bike – or smart bike system, will be deployed in some cities without stations. Will this cost effective bike share solution work? We think that the current systems will not be as successful as the 3rd and 4th generation public bike share solutions, however new technologies will be developed in the next few years that will allow this type of system to gain momentum.
Overall 2012 will be a great year for public bike share in North America!
Public Bike Share Systems Double in the US!
Nationwide, the total number of cities with bike sharing expanded from 8 to 18, and the total number of bikesharing stations more than doubled, from 251 to 559.
- Washington/Arlington, DC/VA: 140 stations – Bixi
- Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN: 115 stations – Bixi
- Miami Beach, FL: 70 stations – SandVault
- Boston, MA: 61 stations – Bixi
- Denver, CO: 52 stations* – Bcycle
- Madison, WI: 27 stations – Bcycle
- Broward County, FL: 20 stations – Bcycle
- San Antonio, TX: 20 stations – Bcycle
- Boulder, CO: 15 stations* – Bcycle
- Washington State University – Pullman, WA: 8 stations – Bixi
- Chicago, IL: 7 stations – Bcycle
- Omaha, NE: 5 stations – Bcycle
- University of California – Irvine: 4 stations – Zot Wheels
- Des Moines, IA: 4 stations – Bcycle
- Tulsa, OK: 4 stations – SandVault
- Louisville, KY: 3 stations – Bcycle
- Kailua, HI: 2 stations – Bcycle
- Spartanburg, SC: 2 stations – Bcycle
SandVault is the most flexible bike share solution on the market today! SandVault has worked with Cities, operators, sponsors, health agencies to produce a flexible Public Bike Share solution since 2005 and have adapted the latest technologies to support clients.
Alta Design has recently completed a feasibility study for the City of Calgary, you can read it here: http://publicbikeshare.com/community/feasibility-studies/ You have to decide for yourself if you will participate in this Global trend or not. After reading the study , I was impressed with it. The study is presented well, its information is accurate and thorough – exactly what the study should be!
The Calgary Sun paints a picture of Bikesharing that maybe a little tainted. The Calgary Herald, brings the facts to light… you decide which is more accurate!
Many bike share systems are hitting the Cities in North America. Most are successful if you consider the good that they bring.
The Miami Beach bike share solution, designed by Sandvault.com is the only bike share system that was paid for by a private company and shares the revenue stream with it’s City – New York may be the second!!
Bixi losing millions
By ANDREW MCINTOSH QMI AGENCY
Posted 20 hours ago
MONTREAL — The company operating the popular Bixi bike-sharing service in Toronto and Montreal is losing millions of dollars. Its board members also have been steering to the exits, even as they deny there is a rift between Bixi and Montreal and Quebec City officials.
Bixi’s operating company, la Societe de Velo en Libre-Service, has lost five key members from its fledgling board of directors since news of its financial troubles emerged this spring.
All of them quit before Bixi boss Roger Plamandon publicly announced his own impending resignation as president sometime in 2012.
The departures — without any public announcement — have occurred since late April, according to documents filed with the province’s corporate registry .
The exodus began just before Montreal city council approved a controversial $108-million Bixi bailout package in May.
One director left before the financial rescue. Three more quit not long after the bailout. The fifth director left in September.
Bixi spokesman Michel Philibert confirmed the directors’ departures, but denied they were forced out by politicians to improve oversight, management and financial stablility of Bixi operations.
“People left for personal reasons, others for professional reasons,” Philibert said.
Bixi board members are unpaid volunteers, he added.
Last out was Steven Bradley, a Home Depot manager who lives in suburban L’Assomption, Que. Bradley quit Sept. 30. Bradley said there were several small changes to how the board works since spring.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SandVault announces HelmetStation
The first integrated Helmet dispensing system for public bike share
In response to growing demand for helmets as a choice in public bike share (PBS) systems,. SandVault Group Global Solutions today announced the launch of HelmetStation, the industry’s first fully integrated helmet dispensing system.
In Cycling, as with other industries, there are multiple customer segments. The same holds true for PBS. Bicycle helmets are used in every city in the world. In every market the adoption rate varies, but where helmets are optional cities generally see 4% to 30% usage rates. For a PBS system, this can represent a significant market opportunity that can be lost if helmets are not provided. Where a mandatory helmet law for all ages is in place, providing helmets is a must. As PBS systems are all about spontaneous low cost short trips, the availability of helmets must support that model.
HelmetStation, built on SandVault’s highly successful CycleStation, is the first PBS system that enables the seamless delivery of helmets at the PBS station. Key features include: at station helmet dispensing and return, integrated into the payment kiosk; one stop, one payment for customers; customizable user interface for helmet law/choice; options for helmet rental or sale; minimum moving parts for maximum reliability, and maximum simplicity on stocking and retrieval. Simply put, these features and workflow have been specifically designed to support the use of a PBS – spontaneous, efficient, and low cost.
“HelmetStation continues our push to provide solutions tailored to specific market needs” said Rick Murray, President of Sandvault. “SandVault is proud to launch a system that will allow systems that want or need to provide helmets to do so with an optimized user-centric approach, and at a reasonable cost”
About Sandvault Group:
Based in Richmond BC, Sandvault Group is the most experienced bike share system provider in the North America and has been innovating and implementing public bike share systems since 2005. Sandvault’s flagship product, Cyclestation, has been implemented in several locations, most recently a 1,000 bike system in Miami Beach. For more information, please go to: http://sandvault.com/.
For more information, please contact:
Derrick Moennick, Sandvault Group
For a printable brochure: http://publicbikeshare.com/printable-brochure/helmetstation/
Fehr and Peers design Santa Monica’s Bike Action Plan
Bixi signed a “memorandum of agreement” regarding a sale in December but the buyer, whose identity was not revealed, pulled out of the deal this month, the city said.
“I really do see bicycling as the future of civic investment,” she says, “not because it’s the right thing to do, or a fun and healthy thing to do, even though it is, but because it’s just the only thing that economically makes sense.” – Elly Blue