The State of Public Bike Share in North America


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, of fill out the form below:

SandVault System Works After Flooding!

There is a reason why we run all wiring 3' off the ground.

There is a reason why we run all wiring 3′ off the ground.


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

5000 Members in 30 Hours – System not Even Installed – But

its Coming!!


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!

Public Bike Share Puts People on Bikes!

Potential Austin Bike Share Station

Potential Austin Bike Share Station


Here is an article that proves it – , 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, Changing the Worst Bike City – Public Bike Share is it!



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


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.

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!

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

Sacramento To Add Public Bike Share Solution

Deco bike pic

“Imagine a new public transportation system for Sacramento, flexible, cheap and sustainable, providing cardio-workout benefits and devouring near-zero energy. The system is neither experimental nor destined to become obsolete in a few years. In fact, it’s been tested in various formats for years and is established globally as a marvel of engineering logic.”