Portland to Launch Public Bike Share System in 2013

“The City of Portland is putting the pieces in place for the new bike sharing system they say is coming in spring 2013. On Friday (without any fanfare at all), they launched PDXBikeShare.com, which gives us our first look at how PBOT is marketing the program and, more importantly, marks the launch of an interactive station locator tool.”

Make sure to take a look at what Portland has learned from Public Bike Share systems in the US!

People bike more after joining bike share, even if they own a bike. 

Bike sharing makes getting around more convenient for everyone. Two thirds of Minneapolis bike share members reported biking more after joining even though 77% owned a personal bike.

Big systems work, small systems don’t.  

There are hundreds of places in Portland that people want to go to. The more stations you have, the more likely it is that a bike sharing station is near your destination. Too few stations and the system isn’t a practical choice.  DC’s first system had only 10 stations and very little use. DC metro’s new system has 140 stations and had 1 million trips in its first year.

Bike sharing works best in dense places.

Bike share is designed for short trips under three miles and 30 minutes. Cities get the most bang for the buck by locating stations at popular origins and destinations, such as workplaces, schools, and shopping districts. As the system grows, additional areas can be added.

Bike share stations need to be close together.

Whether you’re parking your car or bike or getting off transit, you want to be close to your final destination.  If your bike share station is full, nearby stations provide a convenient back-up option to return a bike.

Theft and vandalism aren’t major concerns. 

Before bike sharing came to the North America, a lot of people worried that the bikes would end up vandalized, stolen or at the bottom of the river. That hasn’t happened.

Today’s bike sharing systems are built to withstand urban conditions – including people with ill intentions. Users must use a credit or debit cards to check out a bike, which creates user accountability. Minneapolis had one bike stolen in 2011. DC/Arlington’s Capital Bike Share theft rate is less than 1%.

US Bike Share Cities

Bike share systems are currently operating in 16 US cities and 14 cities are in the planning stages.

City Bikes Roll out Manufacturer Operator
Arlington 250 2011 Bixi Alta Bicycle Share
Austin 300-500 2013
Baltimore 300 fall 2012 Bcycle
Boston 610 2011 Bixi Alta Bicycle Share
Boulder 200 2011 Bcycle Boulder Bike Sharing
Broward County, FL 200 2011 Bcycle
Chattanooga 300 spring 2012 Bixi Alta Bicycle Share
Chicago (current) 100 2010 Bcycle Bike and Roll
Chicago (future) 3000 2012 Not selected
DC/Arlington 1200 2008/2010 Bixi Alta Bicycle Share
Denver 500 2009 Bcycle Denver Bike Sharing
Des Moines 18 2010 Bcycle Des Moines Bicycle Collective
Fullerton 150 2013? Not selected
Houston 18 2012 (not open) Bcycle
Kailua (Oahu, Hawaii) 12 2011 Bcycle Hawaii Bcycle
Kansas City 200 2012 (not open) Not selected
Louisville 10 2011 Bcycle
Long Beach, CA 160 2012-3 Not selected
Long Beach, NY 400 2012 (not open) SandVault & DecoBikes DecoBikes
Los Angeles ~200 2012-3 Not selected
Madison 350 2011 Bcycle Bcycle
Miami Beach 900 2011 Sandvault & DecoBikes DecoBikes
Minneapolis 600 2009 Bixi Nice Ride
New York City 10,000 2012 (not open) Bixi Alta Bike Share
Oklahoma City 100 2012 SandVault  OKC
Portland Not determined 2013 Not selected
San Antonio 140 2011 Bcycle San Antonio Bcycle
San Francisco 500 summer 2012 Not selected
Sacramento 12 2011 pilot (closed) Midtown Bike Share Sac. Midtown Bus Association…
Santa Monica 250 2016 Not selected
Tulsa 50 2007 Sandvault St Francis Health Systems

16 operating, 14 in planning stages