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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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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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!

Derrick

Miami Beach Public Bike Share – More Than Double the Amount of Members Than the Rest of All US Bike Share Systems Combined!

Great Information on Public Bike Share Systems in the United States (Sept 2012):

http://publicbikeshare.com/community/

New York Bike Share Opens!

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!

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http://momentummag.com/articles/new-york-city-university-worksman-cycles-bike-share

Sanitary On Demand Helmet Solution

Great Article From Experienced Bike Share Down Under – Is Vancouver Bike Share Doomed?

 

Sanitary On Demand Helmet Solution

Sanitary On Demand Helmet Solution

 

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.

 

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

Alta Design + Bixi Bike Share : “Conflict of interest, stand up and take a bow.”

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!!

http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/12/12/city-shelled-out-thousands-for-bike-share-plan-from-vendor#disqus_thread

http://www.suntimes.com/11291598-417/oregon-company-to-oversee-citys-massive-bike-sharing-program.html

http://blogs.calgaryherald.com/2011/12/14/questions-about-bike-share-proposal-in-calgary/

SandVault Launches: On Demand Helmet Station for Bike Share

Sanitary On Demand Helmet Solution

Sanitary On Demand Helmet Solution

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”

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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

derrick@sandvault.com

604-278 9500

For a printable brochure: http://publicbikeshare.com/printable-brochure/helmetstation/