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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
Nicole Freedman the “Bike Czar” in Boston promotes public bike share and how it is transforming the City of Boston.
“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
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!
“Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Health Director Bill Paul and Tom Turner, CEO and president of the Nashville Downtown Partnership, demonstrated the program by checking out B-cycle bikes from an automated kiosk at the city’s Public Square, then rode to the Nashville Farmer’s Market and return the bikes to a kiosk there.
“Nashville B-cycle is one more way that we can make Nashville a more bike-friendly city and inspire people to embrace healthy, active living,” Dean said. “The strategically located kiosks will make getting around our urban core even easier and more convenient for workers, residents and visitors.”