Public Bike Share on The Daily Show

Jon Daily Show—citi-bike

But seriously here is a poll 100 person poll by

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.


Deco Bike Share in Miami Beach – Second Best Bike Share System in the United States?

Capital Bike share (2nd year) Deco Dashboard (almost two years. Deco 2nd year

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

4. Size:

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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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!

BiXi Delays Bike Share Deployment – Now New York is Delayed




New York is now delayed. Is it the same software issue as in Chattanooga?

Ok friends and followers of the public bike share blog, what is happening to the core of the BiXi system?

We now see a delay in Chattanooga, I think that BiXi at one time has had a great successful program, but when you change the core technology – well you run into delays!

With 10,000 bike system for New York and 3000 bike system for Chicago pending what does this mean for the rest of the public bike share solutions?

“Jeremy Pomp, general manager of Bike Chattanooga, told The Gazette it’s unclear  when the system will launch.”

Gabe Klein’s intern Jeremy Pomp who was working on the Chicago Bike share system now at (and before) Alta:

Bixi has to change its core technology as they are being sued by 8D technologies the originators of the technology.

Calgary states that there is a conflict of interest:

Please comment if any of this information is incorrect so that it may be changed.

Bike Nation to Buy L.A. and Serco to Buy Bixi

Public Bike Share is exploding in North America. Here are two articles that are worth taking a look at:

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, 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

SandVault Launches: On Demand Helmet Station for Bike Share

Sanitary On Demand Helmet Solution

Sanitary On Demand Helmet Solution


SandVault announces HelmetStation

The first integrated Helmet dispensing system for public bike share

In response to growing demand for helmets as a choice in public bike share (PBS) systems,. SandVault Group Global Solutions today announced the launch of HelmetStation, the industry’s first fully integrated helmet dispensing system.

In Cycling, as with other industries, there are multiple customer segments. The same holds true for PBS. Bicycle helmets are used in every city in the world. In every market the adoption rate varies, but where helmets are optional cities generally see 4% to 30% usage rates. For a PBS system, this can represent a significant market opportunity that can be lost if helmets are not provided. Where a mandatory helmet law for all ages is in place, providing helmets is a must. As PBS systems are all about spontaneous low cost short trips, the availability of helmets must support that model.

HelmetStation, built on SandVault’s highly successful CycleStation, is the first PBS system that enables the seamless delivery of helmets at the PBS station. Key features include: at station helmet dispensing and return, integrated into the payment kiosk; one stop, one payment for customers; customizable user interface for helmet law/choice; options for helmet rental or sale; minimum moving parts for maximum reliability, and maximum simplicity on stocking and retrieval. Simply put, these features and workflow have been specifically designed to support the use of a PBS – spontaneous, efficient, and low cost.

“HelmetStation continues our push to provide solutions tailored to specific market needs” said Rick Murray, President of Sandvault. “SandVault is proud to launch a system that will allow systems that want or need to provide helmets to do so with an optimized user-centric approach, and at a reasonable cost”


About Sandvault Group:

Based in Richmond BC, Sandvault Group is the most experienced bike share system provider in the North America and has been innovating and implementing public bike share systems since 2005. Sandvault’s flagship product, Cyclestation, has been implemented in several locations, most recently a 1,000 bike system in Miami Beach. For more information, please go to:

For more information, please contact:

Derrick Moennick, Sandvault Group

604-278 9500

For a printable brochure: