For any US City thinking about exploring public bike share systems, below is great information and one of the best places to start.
“After almost a 3-month delay from its April 25, 2012 start date, Chattanooga Bicycle Transit
System began rolling on the evening of July 23rd. The green and blue
bicycles are finally available at the docking stations for subscribers
and occasional users after a frustrating period of software glitches.
Subscribers who signed up for the original start date got access keys today. The
special $60 annual subscription rate is once again available for sale. This
discount is now extended through September 3. The regular subscriptions will be
$75 for the year and $6 for a day pass. These are the only options. The first 60
minutes of each trip is at no extra charge and each additional 30 minutes is
$5.” Russell Meddin
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The US Conference of Mayors state increasing bicycle use can:
Improve the environment by reducing the impact on residents of pollution and noise, limiting greenhouse gases, and improving the quality of public spaces.
Reduce congestion by shifting short trips (the majority of trips in cities) out of cars. This will also make cities more accessible for public transport, walking, essential car travel, emergency services, and deliveries.
Save lives by creating safer conditions for bicyclists and as a direct consequence improve the safety of all other road users. Research shows that increasing the number of bicyclists on the street improves bicycle safety.
Increase opportunities for residents of all ages to participate socially and economically in the community, regardless income or ability. Greater choice of travel modes also increases independence, especially among seniors and children.
Boost the economy by creating a community that is an attractive destination for new residents, tourists and businesses.
Enhance recreational opportunities, especially for children, and further contribute to the quality of life in the community.
Save city funds by increasing the efficient use of public space, reducing the need for costly new road infrastructure, preventing crashes, improving the health of the community, and increasing the use of public transport.
Enhance public safety and security by increasing the number of “eyes on the street” and providing more options for movement in the event of emergencies, natural disasters, and major public events.
Improve the health and well-being of the population by promoting routine physical activity.
US Conference of Mayors, 2003.