While BIXI Files For Bankruptcy Rugged Cycles Deploys North America’s Largest University Bike Share Solution!

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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!

http://www.insidevancouver.ca/2014/01/28/vancouver-bike-sharing-program-faces-speedbump/

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

Helmet Dispencer and how to use.

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Public Bike Share on The Daily Show

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http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-june-6-2013/full-pedal-racket—citi-bike

But seriously here is a poll 100 person poll by nymag.com:

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/06/citi-bike-poll-share-new-york.html

My prediction is that New York’s Bike Share program will expand to far more than 10,000 bikes in the next 5 years, as the number of members,  (As of June 6th over 30,000) that have already signed up show huge support!

Public Bike Share is simply just a healthy option to driving your car for those short trips, of which 62% are less than 5 miles.

Deco Bike Share in Miami Beach – Second Best Bike Share System in the United States?

Capital Bike share (2nd year) Deco Dashboard (almost two years. Deco 2nd year

Here is a great article on why Capital Bike Share is the best in the United States:

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/doers/2013/01/capital_bikeshare_how_paul_demaio_gabe_klein_adrian_fenty_and_other_dc_leaders.html

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

4. Size:

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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The State of Public Bike Share in North America

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Just finished reading this article by Janet Larson:

http://sustainablog.org/2013/05/bike-sharing-programs-us/#comment-53275

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 dmoennick@gmail.com, of fill out the form below:

Public Bike Share Puts People on Bikes!

Potential Austin Bike Share Station

Potential Austin Bike Share Station

 

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!

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Nicole Freedman, Changing the Worst Bike City – Public Bike Share is it!

 

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Nicole Freedman the “Bike Czar” in Boston promotes public bike share and how it is transforming the City of Boston.

http://inhabitat.com/video-boston-bike-czar-nicole-freedman-talks-bike-share-urban-cycling/

metro article

Integrated Helmet Dispenser with Public Bike Share!

metro article

“Forget lugging a helmet around in case you fancy an impromptu ride when, or if, Vancouver gets a bike share system.

The city – set to decide later this spring whether to launch a bike share system with preferred vendor Portland-based Alta Bicycle Share – paid $50,000 to Richmond-based SandVault Group Global Solutions Corp. to develop a prototype of a bike helmet distribution machine.

In just 41 days after the city awarded SandVault the contract in November, it built a noggin-protecting prototype that it showed off to Metro on Thursday.

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SandVault’s helmet dispensing machine. (Metro/Jennifer Gauthier)

Using the solar powered machine was as easy as swiping a card, selecting a size and style on a keypad and removing a helmet from a dispenser that’s integrated with a bike system.

“If you want to wear a helmet, there’s a helmet right there,” business development manager Derrick Moennick said. “It should be as easy as possible.”

The helmets are equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags so when users drop them off they are “quarantined” and not rented out until they are cleaned and checked for safety. Maintenance crews would sanitize the helmets as part of the system’s operating cost, which the city has previously pegged at about $1.9 million annually.

In Melbourne, the city’s helmet law led to lukewarm adoption of its bike share system, as helmets there must be purchased at retail locations or from vending machines. Alta told Metro in June it was working on an integrated system to avoid the mistakes made in Australia.

While Vancouver awarded the prototype contract to SandVault, it is still exploring various options and suppliers for helmet distribution, according to director of transportation Jerry Dobrovolny.

SandVault, which operates the world’s only non-subsidized bike share at tourist hotspot Miami Beach, applied to operate Vancouver’s bike share system but lost to Alta.

The company also built systems in Long Beach, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Golden, B.C. and will soon launch one in Sao Paulo. Its technology is still operational after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the N.Y. operations.

“It’s important for government to support local industries that employ people and produce exports,” company owner Richard Murray said.” – Metronews.ca

http://metronews.ca/news/vancouver/561426/sneak-peek-at-vancouver-bike-shares-helmet-vending-machine-prototype/

DECOBIKE BREAKS BIKE SHARING RECORDS WITH SANDVAULT BIKE SHARE EQUIPMENT!

Deco Growth

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.

DecoBike Miami Beach also continues to lead the country for memberships. To date it has generated more than 500,000 casual and subscribing members combined, far more than other any other US programs.

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.

http://www.decobike.com/blog/2013/01/03/decobike-breaks-bike-share-records/

Is the law on helmets why bikeshare is failing?

New York Demonstration

This is a great article on the Helmet law and the experience that Australian cities have had.

This is worth the read!

http://blogs.crikey.com.au/theurbanist/2012/02/12/is-the-helmet-law-why-bikeshare-is-failing-in-australian-cities/

On a quick note, Vancouver has been going through multiple demonstrations to define its integrated helmet strategy – new post to follow!