But seriously here is a poll 100 person poll by nymag.com:
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.
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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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!
5000 Members in 30 Hours – System not Even Installed – But
Public Bike Share is very popular! NYC – Citi Bike hits 5000 founding members in 30 hours – the system scheduled to launch next month will be off to a flying start! With 10,000 bikes and 600 stations it is anticipated to be the largest Bike Share in North America. The cool thing is that it will expand from there!!
Miami Beach and Washington DC are having record breaking months!
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!
“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.
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
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.
This is a great article on the Helmet law and the experience that Australian cities have had.
This is worth the read!
On a quick note, Vancouver has been going through multiple demonstrations to define its integrated helmet strategy – new post to follow!