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Plans for Raleigh’s bike-share program take shape

Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/loc...155256839.html

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Initial rollout of 300 bikes, 100 of which will be e-bikes, at 30 stations.

The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday agreed to begin contract negotiations with Montreal-based Bewegen and New Jersey-based Corps Logistics.

Bewegen provides equipment and programming direction, while Corps Logistics, a veteran-owned company that hires formerly homeless vets, handles operations and maintenance.

Bewegin lists as clients Birmingham, Ala.; Richmond, Va.; Baltimore; one city in Germany and four cities in Portugal. http://bewegen.com/our-system/

Expected to be operational by Spring 2018.
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In New York City, Bike Share Is Faster Than Cabs When It Matters

https://www.citylab.com/transportati...s-most/530469/

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- Experienced cyclists know that short jaunts are often more quickly accomplished by pedal power than horsepower—especially in ultra dense, ultra congested New York City. But as the Big Apple strives to cut carbon emissions through reining in car traffic and ramping up expansion of its bike-share program, city leaders might do well to remind short-distance backseat travelers of that fact.

- About 55 percent of the taxi rides spanned less than two miles; so did the average bike-share trip. Now new research shows that for many of those cab trips, bike share would save time. In a study published in Transportation Research this month, researchers from the University of Toronto and University of Central Florida examined Citi Bike trip data (freely available through the service’s website) and taxi trip data from 2014, and found that bike share can either compete with or beat taxi speeds at the hours it matters most.

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China's 'dockless' bike sharing could be coming to a street near you

http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/05/tech...bal/index.html

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- Chinese startups want to export their bike-sharing revolution all around the world. The companies are rolling into the U.K., the U.S. and beyond, aiming to disrupt existing programs with their fleets of colorful bikes that don't need docking stations. --- One of China's largest operators, Mobike, unleashed 1,000 of its orange-wheeled bicycles in the rainy English city of Manchester on Thursday, marking its first foray outside of Asia. "Manchester will be a springboard into Europe," said Chris Martin, the company's head of international expansion.

- Analysts say the Chinese model is a game changer. The bikes can be locked and unlocked anywhere via a smartphone app, which means users don't have to return them to designated stations. The rapid spread of this approach across China has already thrown up problems, including mountains of discarded bikes and companies going bust. --- The startups' success helped spawn a host of smaller players that have blanketed Chinese cities with millions of dockless bikes. Companies have had problems with users stealing or vandalizing bikes, parking them in apartments or hiding them for personal use.

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Amsterdam Fights Back Against Rogue Bike Shares

https://www.citylab.com/transportati...-share/535791/

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- So-called “rogue bike shares” are now in the city’s crosshairs, accused of clogging up valuable bike parking space at the expense of local cyclists. The city announced this week that it intends to ban these private rental companies, which park bikes around the city for customers to rent via smartphone apps. Unlike traditional bike-share programs, these ones don’t have dedicated docks for parking and they don’t coordinate with the government to offer service around the city. Even though the rogue bike-share concept has been widely questioned as problematic, most cities might consider it a good thing to have an easy supply of rental bikes on every corner. For Amsterdam, it risks becoming a nightmare.

- It might seem improbable that bike parking could become such an issue, but more people move through Central Amsterdam by bike than by any other means of transit. Finding a suitable parking spot can be a headache for bike owners. The city has been rushing to catch up with demand lately, resorting to adventurous measures such as the creation of bike islands and subterranean bike chambers built beneath the waterfront. Parking is permitted outside official spots unless a sign expressly forbids it (warning: they often do, especially in the busiest areas). But in a city where such huge numbers move by bike, railing space gets snapped up extremely fast. Meanwhile, Amsterdam has no official bike-share scheme of its own.

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https://www.citylab.com/transportati...-share/535791/
Kinda weird that Amsterdam doesn't have an official municipal bike share program, considering how central biking is to their transportation culture. Is that true? And, if so, what do visitors use?
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Citibike is expanding to Astoria big time in the next few months. I'm really excited about the stations coming to Astoria Park since I live on the park. I'll soon be able to bike from my house to the new Astoria ferry dock opening later this month.
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ASTORIA — The Department of Transportation has unveiled the final map of locations for Citi Bike's expansion to Astoria, with 59 docking stations to be installed throughout the neighborhood in the coming months.

The finalized stations — which the DOT has posted on its website — are similar to those the agency proposed in its draft map in April, with the exception of nine stations that were relocated based on feedback from local stakeholders.

The sites were selected based on input received during 18 meetings with Community Board 1, local elected officials and community groups, including two workshops events that were held last fall, according to the DOT.

Of the 59 stations planned for Astoria, 14 will installed in the roadbeds their respective streets, while the remainder will be located on the sidewalks, the map shows.

All will be located south of Ditmars Boulevard and North of Queens Plaza North, with the service area bound by 44th Street to the east and nearly to the waterfront on the west.

Bike docks will be placed near popular cultural spots like the Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park and Museum of the Moving Image. Astoria Park will have four stations situated around it, while another will be placed near the new NYC Ferry landing on Hallets Point, which is slated to start running on Aug. 29.

Astoria will be only the second neighborhood in Queens to offer Citi Bike, which expanded to Long Island City in 2015.

The stations are expected to be installed by the end of this year, though they could roll out as early as September, the DOT said last week.

Link to story and map: https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/201...cation-map-dot
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U.S. cities are being invaded by dock-less bike share. It’s going to be messy—and worth it

https://slate.com/business/2017/12/d...-s-cities.html

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- Seattle took a gamble on an innovation that has transformed China’s largest cities: dock-less bike share. Seattle permitted three private companies to deploy nearly 9,000 bikes on its streets, sidewalks, parks, and … everywhere else you could conceivably imagine a bike. The city suddenly has the second-largest fleet of shared bicycles in the United States, after New York. Riders make tens of thousands of trips daily. And it didn’t cost the city a dime.

- These bikes—bright, light, and a little dinky—have swarmed U.S. cities from the Puget Sound to Biscayne Bay. They threaten to fill every inch of urban public space with hundreds of thousands of plastic bikes. But they also promise to permanently alter the way people move around the American city. And it might take a bit of that guaranteed civic clutter to get the job done.

- For the past twelve months, Chinese cities have been in the midst of a spectacular and sometimes messy experiment: Millions of privately funded bicycles that can be ridden for a song and left anywhere at all. Most bike-share systems have docks where the bikes are stored. The docks tell you where you’ll find a bike and keep the bikes locked up when you’re done. In China, by contrast, the bikes are simply everywhere, secured by locks and GPS chips.

- Mobike claimed in May that its bikes had doubled the percentage of Chinese biking to work in selected cities, taking the share of bicycle commuters to more than 11 percent. The other major operator, Ofo, has drawn investments from e-commerce giant Alibaba and Didi, China’s version of Uber, as the company’s 2 billion 2017 bike-share trips started to eat into the short-distance ride-hailing market.

- The most exciting thing for U.S. transportation planners? How cheap these bikes are to ride. Most services work out to around a dollar a ride. “Our job is to provide transportation options, and it costs a lot less to roll out,” Gabe Klein, who oversaw bike-share systems as transportation chief in Washington and Chicago, and now serves as an adviser to the dock-less company Spin.* “We saw this huge growth in D.C., I think we more than doubled bike mode share. Now we’re going to see that on steroids.”

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New Orleans' bike share program launched earlier this month:
http://www.nola.com/traffic/index.ss...ns_starts.html

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Bicycle aficionados kicked off the start of New Orleans' first bike-share program Tuesday morning (Dec. 5) during a celebration at the Lafitte Greenway. The program, called Blue Bikes, so far has for-rent bicycles parked at 15 locations clustered in downtown areas up to City Park.

In all, locations for 70 pick-up and drop-off stations have been chosen on the city's East Bank, totaling 700 bicycles. Another 20 stations would be added later, upping the total to 900 bicycles.
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El Paso and Ciudad Juárez hope to open the first system to connect both sides of the Rio Grande by the end of 2018

https://www.citylab.com/transportati...eshare/550751/

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- The cities of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua are considering a scheme to build an integrated binational bikeshare system between the two cities. --- The initiative, proposed by El Paso’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) more than a year ago, was presented at the Transportation Research Board in Washington D.C. on January 7. The project has an estimated $1 million budget, most of which would be used to construct bicycle lanes and equipment on the Juárez side, and it could open as soon as autumn 2018.

- The system would build on El Paso’s existing bikeshare system, SunCycle, which began in September 2015. The ultimate goal: a binational system with 30 stations and 300 bicycles, all of which will be available to use on either side of the Rio Grande. A binational border-spanning bikeshare might sound like an unlikely undertaking, given the tone of the current immigration debate, but to Michael Medina, executive director of El Paso’s MPO and head of the project, it’s also eminently practical for this borderland metropolis, where American corporations have established a network of maquiladoras, or factories, on the Mexican side of the river.

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Portland Says Adaptive Bike-Share Pilot Was a Win

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- Spurred on by disability rights advocates who argued that Portland, Oregon’s bike-share system discriminated against people with mobility issues, the city experimented last summer with renting out tricycles, hand cycles and side-by-side tandem bikes. Though the program is more akin to a traditional bike-rental service than bike-share, it is nonetheless an effort to extend the benefits of bike-share beyond its typical able-bodied user base.

- The Adaptive Biketown pilot ran for 14 weeks, from late July to the end of October. The city had 10 adaptive trikes, hand cycles and tandems available to rent. It cost $5 for an hour and $12 for 3 hours—an effort to match the pricing structure of the traditional two-wheeled bike-share system, called Biketown. Adaptive Biketown had 59 rentals, more than half of which were from people riding an adaptive cycle for the first time. About 40 percent of users self-identified as people with disabilities.

- Caregivers also used the adaptive cycles. Despite the relatively low rider numbers, the city considers the pilot a success and is planning to relaunch it in May. “I rode one of the tricycles on opening day,” says Deidre Hall, a member of the Portland Commission on Disability, which helped put the pilot together. “It was awesome. It was so much fun. I have a disability. The last time I rode a bike was in grade school when the town took up a collection to get me a tricycle. After I grew out of it, I didn’t ride a bike until the day of the kick-off event.”

- The Portland Bureau of Transportation partnered with Albertina Kerr, a nonprofit that works with developmentally disabled children and adults, to run Adaptive Biketown. The nonprofit already runs a bike-rental program called Kerr Bikes located on riverfront trail, the proceeds of which help fund their mission work. Kerr Bikes staff were trained to adjust the bikes for users, a process that takes about a half hour each time. Users could leave their mobility devices at the Kerr Bikes location while they were out for their rides. Because the bikes had to be picked up and dropped off at the same location—as opposed to bike-shares model of one-way trips—most renters said they were using the bikes for recreational rides.

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DIVVY - shuts down Oak Park

All the DIVVY stations in Oak Park are closed and being removed, called them and the operator could just confirm that yes all Oak Park stations are being removed - no explanation why, no idea if they will be back.

I had grown to rely on them - yanking them out with no notification - well that takes out the argument that DIVVY is more reliable than a cheap bike - just as.
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All the DIVVY stations in Oak Park are closed and being removed, called them and the operator could just confirm that yes all Oak Park stations are being removed - no explanation why, no idea if they will be back.

I had grown to rely on them - yanking them out with no notification - well that takes out the argument that DIVVY is more reliable than a cheap bike - just as.
The village voted to not renew its contract with Divvy. They did not feel that $200k/year was a worthwhile investment given the very low usage statistics.
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Sacramento Has a Plan to Prevent Bike-Share Blight

https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/sac...e-share-blight

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- Sacramento, California, came late to the bike-sharing game. Because city officials never created a publicly funded municipal system (and because they’re in Sacramento, seat of California’s notoriously regulation-happy government), they’re having to put the cart before the horse, somewhat — or the bike-trailer before the bike, as the case may be — and devise a system of laws tailored to a changing and increasingly privatized industry.

- This week, City Council’s Law and Legislation Committee unanimously approved an ordinance that would ban riders from leaving bicycles in any position that would block sidewalks or bike paths, according to a Sacramento Bee editorial. It would apply to all bicyclists and bike-share companies, but the regulations are of course targeted at the startups that allow riders to pick up and drop off bikes anywhere with the help of a smartphone app. U.S. cities that have embraced this newer model, which came of age in China, include Seattle, New Orleans and Washington, D.C.

- “Without regulation, bicycle-share businesses pose a threat to the public health, safety and welfare,” the ordinance states. “Some bicycle-share bicycles may be self-locked anywhere within the city, making it difficult for the city to ensure that these bicycles are placed safely, upright and out of the way of pedestrian walkways, bicycle paths, and roadways. Bicycle-share bicycles will also increase demand for the city’s limited bicycle parking. In addition, derelict self-locking bicycles can become a major cause of blight in both residential and nonresidential neighborhoods.”

- Bike-share companies would have two hours to retrieve stray bicycles upon notification, the Bee reports. If companies don’t go and get those offending bikes, they could be fined and their permits could be suspended or revoked. The city would then impound their bicycles. The proposed laws, which will go before the full council in the next two months, are certainly more stringent than many of the city’s peers. It’s possible that, if adopted, Sacramento’s ordinance will prove a popular model

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Florida seeks to unify dockless bike regulations across the state

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- State lawmakers in Florida have proposed a bill that would give the state control over dockless bike sharing, setting a single set of state regulations that overrule city authority or opposition to the bikes. House Republicans Jackie Toledo and James Grant introduced the bill, HB 1033, last December and it is now being reviewed by the House Commerce Committee. The legislation attempts to empower the state to regulate bikes that do not require a rental station for pickup or dropoff.

- Dockless bikes are rented through mobile apps, tracked through GPS and are designed to be left anywhere a normal bike can be legally locked. A summary of the bill says that its intent is "to provide Florida residents with access to innovative, environmentally friendly transportation options and to ensure the safety and reliability of dockless bicycle sharing services within the state." --- Though popular internationally, dockless bikes have received pushback in cities like San Francisco where city and county authorities halted an attempt to launch the bikes by the Chinese company Bluegogo, which has since gone out of business. Opposition there stemmed from a fear that the bikes would clutter city streets as they have in China.

- The bill would give the state full authority over dockless bikes. The companies operating in Florida include Spin and LimeBike. "Dockless bicycles and dockless bicycle sharing companies shall be governed exclusively by state law," the bill reads. This "preemption" also prohibits cities from taxing the dockless bike companies, requiring them to obtain local business licenses or restricting their operation in any way. However, the bill does make an exception for operation around airports.

- Despite the broad protections given to dockless bike companies, the bill makes an effort to regulate bad actors. Operators are responsible for making sure their bikes are stationed legally and must have at least $500,000 in liability insurance for each instance of bodily injury and property damage that results from the bikes. If passed, the act would take effect on July 1, 2018.

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