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Old Posted Nov 14, 2014, 2:40 AM
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Hey guys! Portland checking in.

We still don't have any solid plans or political commitment for bike sharing.
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By Amanda Dugan
Published: December 22, 2014, 5:16 pm Updated: December 22, 2014, 5:43 pm

AUSTIN (KXAN) – In the one year since B-Cycle launched here in Austin, the company says it saved 30,000 car trips and replaced it with bicycle rides.

As of October the Austin B-Cycle has seen more than 116,000 people had taken B-Cycle trips this year. That equates to about 317,000 miles by B-Cycles.

Austin B-Cycle set a North American system record of nearly 2,800 checkouts during the South by Southwest festival back in March, an average of more than 10 checkouts per bike every day.
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Posted: 4:47 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

By Wynne Davis - American-Statesman Staff

When Austin’s bike-sharing program launched last December, officials hoped each bike would be checked out at least once a day. That would lead to about 73,000 trips for the entire fleet over the first year.

Austin B-cycle hit the one-year mark on Sunday with more than 150,000 trips.
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Metro Regional Bike Share Expected To Open In Downtown L.A. In 2016

Metro Regional Bike Share Expected To Open In Downtown L.A. In 2016


By Joe Linton
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Jan. 8, 2015

"Metro is moving forward with its regional bike share system, expected to debut in downtown Los Angeles in about a year. Metro released its bike share Request for Proposals (RFP) in December 2014, with bids due January 27. A bike share contract is expected to be awarded by June, with full implementation of a 1,000-bike system in downtown Los Angeles nine months later.

Metro’s RFP is for an initial two-year contract, with possible extensions up to seven years and expansions to nearly 4,000 bikes in expanded service areas.

Though the initial two years are funded, the overall funding picture is not entirely clear. Metro is soliciting competitive bids, so the agency cannot be too specific regarding system funding and cost. In July 2014, Metro’s board allocated $3.8 million for downtown L.A. bike share capital; those funds are from ExpressLanes tolling revenue. Metro officials also mention unspecified state and federal monies..."

http://la.streetsblog.org/2015/01/08...n-l-a-in-2016/
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Pedaling Uphill to Save a Bike-Share Pioneer

Pedaling Uphill to Save a Bike-Share Pioneer

By Ian Austen
NY Times
Jan. 9, 2015


Bruno Rodi bought out of bankruptcy the company that powers the bike-sharing system there and in cities including New York and London. (Credit Graham Hughes for The New York Times)

"The typical origin story for a tech company includes a paper napkin and a garage. But the company that powers the bike-sharing programs in New York, London, Chicago and a dozen other cities started much differently: It began with a municipal parking authority, wound through bankruptcy court and got another shot at corporate viability off the Madagascar coast during the annual hatching of the green sea turtles.

Observing that ritual last year with a group of scientists, Bruno Rodi, a Canadian real estate developer, saw firsthand how those endangered reptiles are threatened by climate change, pollution and hunters. “When you go in extreme areas on the planet, you can vividly see that we’re really destroying the planet,” Mr. Rodi recalled. A globe-trotting adventurer, he has climbed the world’s seven highest mountains, visited the North and South Poles and rowed more than 5,000 miles across the Indian Ocean. “I started to get conscious about this,” he said.

The turtles — and their precarious existence — set off a burst of environmental entrepreneurialism in Mr. Rodi..."

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Atlanta bikeshare coming this year.
Today, the City of Atlanta’s Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) announced Mayor Kasim Reed has signed the contract with CycleHop, the bike share Operator, and its partners Social Bicycles and local firms Center Forward and Iconologic. The city’s premier bicycle sharing program will launch with 500 bicycles and 50 rental stations throughout the city.

Atlanta’s bike share system will use the latest ‘Smart Bike’ system known as Social Bicycles (SoBi). SoBi bikes are equipped with an integrated GPS-enabled locking mechanism that gives riders the flexibility to return a bike at a hub location, or any public bike rack.

Atlanta’s bike share program is expected to launch later this year.
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I saw quite a bit of them out and about - what seemed like more than usual.

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Mar 25, 2015, 1:05pm CDT

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Austin B-Cycle, the city's bicycle-sharing system, had another record-breaking South By Southwest, with thousands of riders checking out bikes for short trips through downtown Austin, the epicenter of the annual tech, music and film festival.

According to a Wednesday announcement from the bike-sharing business, B-Cycle saw 21,177 total trips on its bikes during SXSW, compared to just under 17,800 trips a year earlier.

For instance, each B-Cycle bike was checked out 57 times, on average, during the 10 day festival. The single-day record for trips was set on Thursday, March 19, with 3,032 trips logged in all, an average of 8.2 trips per bike.

In all, B-cycle administrators moved bikes a total of 7,462 times to meet demand for its services.
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Citi Bike Is Suspended All Weekend

If you were planning on braving today's snow flurries on a Citi Bike while the trains do their weekend dance of horrors, you're out of luck—the bike share service abruptly announced yesterday that it'll be suspended all weekend for "maintenance." Tell your friends you'll be slightly late for brunch today, now that you have to walk.

Members say they received an email alert at around 5 p.m. yesterday noting that the service would be taken offline from 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday. According to a blog post on Citi Bike's Tumblr, the system is "getting an upgrade"—per the email, they'll be doing "maintenance to improve system reliability" before peak bike-riding season kicks in.

Understandably, users seem a bit frustrated about getting an alert a mere 5 hours before the suspension. "It was kind of shocking that there was zero notice," one rider told the Times. "It’s been cold forever. Now it’s actually enjoyable to bike around the city, and they’re closing.”

Citi Bike officials, who have not yet responded to request for comment, offered no specific time at which they'll be back online. According to their email to members, they hope to get things working "in time to get you pedaling by Monday morning," so...maybe then. On the bright side, they'll be extending memberships by an extra three days to make up for the lost time, and plan to issue refunds for 24-hour passes and 7-day-passes affected by the suspension.

Contact the author of this article or email tips@gothamist.com with further questions, comments or tips.
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Philly's Indego launches April 23rd

Phase 1 includes around 70 stations in a fairly concentrated core area:

https://www.rideindego.com/
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Omaha Skateboard Sharing System

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The test program will start with 73 skateboards that will be available at all 31 B-stations across the region.
Edit: Damn my trustworthiness. Our B-cycle got me to bite on the April Fools joke.

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Streetsblog San Francisco reports today that Bay Area Bike Share will expand "to a 7,000-bike system over the next two years and venture into Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville. San Francisco’s system will dramatically increase to 4,500 bikes, and San Jose’s will expand to 1,000."

The expansion was announced by mayors of all five cities "along with Motivate, the system’s operator (formerly known as Alta), which will enlarge the system tenfold 'at no cost to taxpayers.'”
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Citi Bike Near Jersey City Launch

Under a potential pact, Citigroup would pay part of the $2.5 million upfront costs for the system

By ANDREW TANGEL
April 3, 2015 7:42 p.m. ET
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As Citi Bike expands in New York City later this year, blue bicycles adorned with Citigroup Inc.’s logo may start rolling on the other side of the Hudson River.

The financial giant is in advanced talks to sponsor Jersey City’s planned bicycle-sharing system, which is expected to launch later this year, a person familiar with the matter said.

Under the outlines of a potential agreement, Citigroup would shoulder at least some portion of the program’s estimated $2.5 million in upfront costs for 350 bikes and 35 stations where riders park them, this person said.

It wasn’t yet clear if an eventual deal would land the firm naming rights for the system. The person familiar with the matter said a contract hadn’t been drawn up, and cautioned there remained a number of unresolved issues. Other corporate sponsors also are expected to contribute to the program.

Citigroup’s involvement signals continued interest from deep-pocketed companies in paying for bike-share programs that have been springing up throughout the country in recent years despite sometimes bumpy starts.

Proponents tout the systems as an emerging form of transit that promotes exercise and reduces automobile pollution, but city officials and cycling enthusiasts have often struggled to find financing for upfront capital costs and subsidies for operations. Bike-shares typically get revenue from some combination of user fees, advertisements, sponsorships or taxpayers.

In addition to New York City’s program, Citigroup is the title sponsor of a Florida bike-share in Miami and Miami Beach.

Jersey City’s is among 20 public bike-shares expected to launch by the end of this year, bringing to 68 the number of such systems in the U.S., according to Lindsay Garten, a researcher with the Earth Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. The institute counted seven such systems in 2010.

The progress in securing funding for Jersey City’s bike-share signals a reversal of fortune for Mayor Steven Fulop. His city’s earlier attempt to launch a system last year faltered as sponsorships failed to materialize. That planned bike-share was supposed to be a regional system that included neighboring New Jersey locales Hoboken and Weehawken.

In June, Mr. Fulop blamed the earlier plan’s difficulties on the travails suffered by Citi Bike, New York City’s system, which was then facing financial and operational difficulties. Citi Bike’s woes were blamed for making potential sponsors skittish.

Since then, Citi Bike’s operator has been taken over by a group of New York investors, changed its name to Motivate and installed Jay Walder, a former head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, as its chief executive.

The takeover was announced along with plans to double Citi Bike’s current fleet of about 6,000 bikes, the country’s largest, over the next three years.

Jersey City later switched gears and selected Motivate, which was previously named Alta Bicycle Share Inc., in January. The city had sought a bike-share that would be compatible with New York City’s system, one in which riders could check out bikes with the same membership on either side of the river.

Mr. Fulop said in a recent Facebook post the bicycles for Jersey City’s system had been ordered and a launch was planned this summer.

Mr. Walder has said the reorganized company, which moved its headquarters from Portland, Ore., to New York City, was even developing its own bicycle—a nod to the supplier problems that have hobbled some systems trying to expand.

If it pans out, a bike-share program would come to a Jersey City whose downtown and waterfront have undergone significant transformation in recent years.

The city has tried to attract would-be residents of New York, offering relatively less-expensive rents and restaurants that visitors might find in hip Brooklyn neighborhoods.

During the past year, the city has built up its infrastructure to make way for cyclists, including added bike lanes and racks, said Christopher Englese, co-founder and president of Bike JC, a cycling and pedestrian advocacy group.

The result has been a streetscape that has become friendlier to bikes, he said.

“There’s more of an understanding of sharing the road,” Mr. Englese said. “We’re still working on that from both ends—from cyclists and motorists. But I do think we’re better suited now than we were a year ago for the bike-share program.”

Write to Andrew Tangel at Andrew.Tangel@wsj.com

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Citi Bike Revamping for Summer

02 Apr, 2015


With summer, and bike riding season approaching, Citi Bike (NYSE: C) is looking to improve their services for all of New York’s bike sharing patrons. There have been many issues with the program since its inception in 2013, but Jay Walder, the head of Motivate (the company in charge of the bike sharing program), ensures us that improvements are on the way. Here are some that are in the works or already implemented:

A software update happened this past weekend. Information on bikes and empty docks, is now updated every 10 seconds for better accounting of availability.

All 6,000 Citi Bikes will be repaired before the summer. Over 4,000 have already been fixed.

New docking technology for easier use.

Valets at high traffic stations. Helping users accept bike returns.

90+ new stations in some of the outer boroughs, with later additions in Manhattan and Harlem


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San Antonio Bike-Share Threatens to Close Without Major Sponsor

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Modern U.S. bike-sharing has been around for less than a decade and there are plenty of kinks to still work out, especially when it comes to management and operation structure and funding. For San Antonio, Texas’ B-Cycle system, solving the funding question soon could be a matter of survival.

- Since its launch in 2011, San Antonio B-Cycle has operated primarily off revenue from annual memberships and daily user fees, with some small grants from foundations and contributions from minor sponsors, a financial model that left them nearly $32,000 in the red in 2013. --- Like many systems, San Antonio has a nonprofit, San Antonio Bike Share, in charge of operations and contracts with a bike-share company, B-Cycle, to maintain the bikes and stations. But unlike New York, Seattle and others who’ve garnered multimillion-dollar sponsorship for bike-share from companies such as Citibank and Alaska Airlines, San Antonio has been unable to secure a marquee backer.

- San Antonio B-Cycle’s executive director position is unpaid. Executive Director Cindi Snell, who owns three bike shops in town, told the Report that she’s frustrated and stepping down from her role after four years of unsuccessfully courting major sponsors. --- The news comes on the heels of the Texas Department of Transportation awarding San Antonio B-Cycle a $1.2 million grant to expand the 53-station, 450-bike system to 76 stations and 650 bikes.

- San Antonio launched its initial system using federal grant funding from the Centers for Disease Controls Communities Putting Prevention to Work program and the Department of Energy. They expanded the system in 2013 with a Federal Transit Administration grant. Those grants primarily funded the purchase and installation of stations and bikes and do not cover operating costs.

- Not all successful bike-share programs rely on corporate sponsorship, however. The rear fenders on Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) bikes in Washington, D.C., are conspicuously clear of logos. Instead, operating costs not covered by daily and annual users are paid for by DOTs in the city, Alexandria, Arlington County and Montgomery County. The municipalities see bike-share as a form of public transportation that, like subways, buses and private vehicles, needs public subsidy to close the gaps left by user fees.

- Ultimately, modern American bike-share is still in its infancy. Launched in 2008, CaBi’s short-lived predecessor Smart Bike was the country’s first next-generation system with computer-controlled docking stations. It’s little surprise nobody has figured out one best way to do things in just seven years. But San Antonio B-Cycle has made it clear that bike-share cannot survive on ridership alone.

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Bike sharing comes to Birmingham, brings new technology and work for Alabama

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A new transportation option coming to Birmingham features added technology that planners say puts it among few of its kind worldwide and will make Alabama a base for similar programs in the future.

This fall, the city's first public bike sharing program will go into operation using vendor Bewegen Technologies, Inc., officials with REV Birmingham, the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, the city and the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham announced Monday afternoon.

Birmingham's program will make it the first city in the Western Hemisphere to use "electric-assist" bikes, or those that use electricity to help with pedaling in hilly terrain, according to REV Birmingham.

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HERE'S HOW IT WILL WORK

REV Birmingham will administer the program. The local bike sharing network will include 400 bikes and 40 kiosks placed throughout central Birmingham.

Among those, there will be 100 electric-pedal bikes. Those bikes were included to lessen the barriers to using the system for people not as experienced with hillier areas of the city said Lindsey West, deputy operations director for the planning commission.

Riders can either buy annual memberships or use their credit cards to check out the bikes. Cost details are in the works, but similar sharing programs have annual memberships between $50 and $100. The Birmingham program would aim for the middle of that range, organizers said.

Memberships can be purchased through a website for the new program and a mobile app, both of which should go live this summer, according to REV Birmingham.

Bewegen, based in Quebec, was one of the vendors who responded to a request for proposals from the planning commission.

The company has committed to building the kiosks for Birmingham's system here in Alabama and also plans to build kiosks for future U.S. systems here in Alabama, according to REV Birmingham.

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Who uses Capital Bikeshare?

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- The survey solidifies assertions that Capital Bikeshare is turning into an important piece of the region’s transit network. Now on it’s fifth year, the system has more than 3,000 bicycles at 351 stations across the region, including the District and Alexandria, and Arlington and Montgomery counties. In the last year alone, its membership has risen from 24,800 to 31,500.

- But, in spite of the positive highlights in the 2014 Capital Bikeshare Member Survey, the poll reveals at least one disappointing trend: Users of the popular program do not reflect the region’s racial and socio-economic diversity. --- Bikeshare users tend to be are young, professional, and the vast majority of them are white. What’s more troubling in this latest set of data is that the percentage of white users has widened since the system started in 2010, an indication that the service has a long way to go in its efforts to attract minority riders.

- The new survey also suggests that the gap between male and female users has widened, with more men using the system than women. Last year, 59 percent of members were male and 41 female. In the 2011 and 2012 surveys, 45 percent of respondents were female. And users are more affluent. The percentage of Bikeshare riders who make more than $100,000 a year has increased up since the program launched. About half the members are in households that make $100,000 or more annually.

- Nearly 75 percent of the respondents said they use Bikeshare to commute to or from work at least occasionally. About 36 percent of those members said they rode the bikes to or from work six or more times per month. --- And data also suggests the program is helping take vehicles off the region’s roads. According to the survey, four in 10 Capital Bikeshare members didn’t have access to a car or other personal vehicle in 2014, and nearly one in 10 members said they had sold a vehicle since joining the program. About a quarter of the members said they are driving less.

- The racial composition of Capital Bikeshare’s membership, however, worries transportation officials and bike advocates. Access and cost have been identified as possible deterrents to minority and low-income users. The bicycle stations, for example, tend to be in the densest parts of the region, close to Metro and city centers. This makes it challenging to attract low-income people who tend to live farther away from where they work and from the city’s core because housing is more affordable. Membership and rental fees also are out of reach of some potential members.

Other interesting facts from the survey:

• Bikeshare members use the system more on weekdays than weekends, which explains why more also use it to commute to work, to school, or for personal errands and socializing.

• A vast majority of users say they choose Bikeshare because it’s a faster or easier way to get to their destination.

• Capital Bikeshare claims that on average each member saves $13.65 per week on transportation costs, collectively saving $19.6 million a year on personal travel costs and help reduce 4.4 million miles of driving annually from the region’s roads.

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Phases 1 and 2 of the program will include outposts along the streetcar link and in the "denser urban core of Tucson." Phase 3 will build upon those two phases, with six total phases suggesting spots along the Rillito River Path, and in south, east and southeast Tucson.

Although exact details on price and official release date are not yet available, a business plan for the project will be released this summer. Chanecka says if all of the funding goes through as planned, TDOT hopes to launch the program this year.




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B-cycle premiered its pilot program at UTSA this January and the numbers so far do not bode well for the bike-sharing program. As of April 2015, there have only been 65 total checkouts at their UTSA main-campus location. According to Daniel Treviño, Operations Manager at B-cycle, the university had been interested in working with the company for a while and requested the pilot program.

It's possible that the price tag to rent the bicycles is a little too steep for the students. B-cycle offers an option to rent for the day at $10 per bike or an annual fee of $80 for unlimited bike checkouts. That's 100 packets of ramen per day or 800 for the year when you're a broke college kid.

Another possibility for the low numbers could be that the bikes are located on campus, not near the parking lots where they could provide much needed relief from the long trek to class. Or it could be the utter lack of infrastructure in the area. Students may want to avoid the paralyzing fear that can come with feeling a car tailing you because there are no bike lanes on UTSA Boulevard.
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Pittsburgh's bike share is operational this month.
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Philadelphia's bikeshare system, Indego, has been up and running for about 2 weeks. The press that I've seen all seems quite positive, with a focus on the city's efforts to make the system more accessible to low-income users.

Article at Next City: http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/phil...rs-biking-data

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Legions of bright blue Indego bicycles hit the streets of Philly when the city’s new bike-share finally began on April 23rd. And while lagging a bit behind cities that launched their programs years ago, Philly’s bike-share has had a chance to learn from others’ mistakes and has been getting rave reviews.

According to Philadelphia magazine, Indego saw 8,000 rides in its first week of operation. About a third of those rides were walk-up, with riders paying $4 a half hour. About 2,400 riders are members and pay $15 a month for unlimited hour-long trips.

The Tri-State Transformation Campaign noted that what makes Philly’s program stand out is that, for starters, a third of the bikes are in low-income neighborhoods. Also, users who don’t have credit cards can pay with cash at nearby 7-Eleven or Family Dollar Store branches.

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Why Chicago Is Claiming Bike-Share Bragging Rights

Chicago is the bike-share capital of America. Divvy, the city’s bike-sharing system, is adding 1,750 bikes to its fleet this spring, and expanding from 300 to 476 stations. By June, Montreal and New York City will still have more bikes on the ground, but Chicago can boast of being the home of the most bike-share stations and the largest service area of any single system in North America.

http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/chic...irport-suburbs

Some pretty cool stats here: https://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/260440449

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