“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.
|Arlington||250||2011||Bixi||Alta Bicycle Share|
|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|
|Houston||18||2012 (not open)||Bcycle|
|Kailua (Oahu, Hawaii)||12||2011||Bcycle||Hawaii Bcycle|
|Kansas City||200||2012 (not open)||Not selected|
|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|
|Miami Beach||900||2011||Sandvault & DecoBikes||DecoBikes|
|New York City||10,000||2012 (not open)||Bixi||Alta Bike Share|
|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