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Old Posted Mar 15, 2012, 12:31 AM
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Bicycle-sharing vendor selected by Chicago

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The Emanuel administration has selected an Oregon-based company with operations in the U.S. and overseas to operate Chicago's first large-scale bicycle-sharing rental program starting this summer.

Alta Bicycle Share, Inc., of Portland and its equipment manufacturer, Public Bike System Co., were chosen over two competing bids to make 3,000 bicycles available at 300 solar-powered self-service pick-up and drop-off locations this summer. The program will be expanded to a total of 5,000 bikes and 500 docking stations by 2014, city officials have said.
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The bike-sharing program would operate like car-sharing programs, officials have said. Program participants would pay an annual membership fee and pay no additional costs to check out bicycles for the first half-hour, officials said. Visitors to the city and other one-time users could buy daily or weekly memberships.

The bikes will feature multiple speeds, chain guards, fenders on both wheels, a cushioned seat and a basket, officials said. The docking stations will be located in high-density areas, including near CTA rail stations, officials said.

Alta Bicycle Share and Public Bike System Co. operate bike-share systems in London, Melbourne, Boston, Minneapolis, Washington, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. The company is also beginning service this year in New York and Chattanooga, Tenn., officials said.
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Old Posted Mar 15, 2012, 3:46 PM
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Alta runs Capital Bikeshare, right? If it's anything like that, the bikes will suck to ride (but be indestructible) and the stations will be great.

Or have they upgraded their equipment?
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Old Posted Mar 15, 2012, 9:09 PM
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It will be the same as Capital Bikeshare.
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I don't know if this quite fits the thread--1,000 bikes won't be much--but the Bay Area’s bike-share system, expected to roll out in August, will likely be run by Alta Bicycle Share, according to Streetsblog:

"The memo says that Alta ranked the highest out of six bidders in meeting the agency’s criteria. If awarded the contract, Alta would run a system initially consisting of 1,000 bicycles and 100 station kiosks – half in San Francisco and the other half in four cities in Silicon Valley."
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2012, 2:10 AM
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fflint, Alta runs the Boston system and they do a really great job at it. SF's system will be in good hands.
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LA is rolling out a 4000 bike system next year. the mayor announced it during the last CycLAvia a couple weekends ago. they are going to focus on Downtown, Hollywood, Westwood Village and a couple more dense areas of the city and then expand from there.
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Houston is now starting a bike sharingrogram.

http://houston.bcycle.com/
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Old Posted Apr 27, 2012, 2:04 AM
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Houston is now starting a bike sharingrogram.

http://houston.bcycle.com/
I am all for as many people biking instead of driving as possible... but man, there aren't many places I'd rather not bike than Houston in the summer! 2 minutes and I'd be stewing in my own sweat.
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Somewhat related -

Why Do Bike-Share Riders Skip Helmets?
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012...ts?sc=fb&cc=fp

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Of course there's a handful of people who wear helmets religiously. But a study in Boston and Washington, published this week in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, found that helmet wearers account for barely half of all bicyclists and only a tiny minority of riders of shared bikes. In both cities, 4 in 5 of those riders went helmetless.


Study author Christopher Fischer, an emergency room doctor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, tells Shots the research is just one piece of the puzzle policymakers need to solve around bike safety. It's a question of balancing risks, such as people riding without helmets, with the rewards from people using a more healthful form of transportation.
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Old Posted May 4, 2012, 8:22 PM
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Capital Bikeshare is going to start distributing helmets here in DC.

Capital Bikeshare to sell helmets to members
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/...5FT_story.html
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Old Posted May 4, 2012, 8:45 PM
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That was touched on in the article and a smart move on their part. I have to admit though, I'm pretty stubborn about helmets myself. I can't imagine myself bothering with one on a bikeshare either.
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Bike share bikes, aren't exactly built for either speed or off road terrain. Bike share bikes, are more like strolling down the sidewalk, on Grandma's bike. Helmets, meh...
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There is widespread evidence that encouraging universal helmet use for urban transportation cycling actually makes cycling more dangerous rather than safer.

The basic premise is that the best thing you can do to improve the safety of urban cycling is reduce barriers to entry in order to encourage lots more urban cycling, because the biggest safety hazard is getting hit by a car driver who isn't watching for you. Basically, to make cycling safer we have to train car drivers to expect bicyclists on the road, and therefore anything we do that reduces the number of bicyclists on the road (such as telling people not to ride unless they've planned ahead and have a helmet) makes bicycling more dangerous.

If you're going dirt biking, racing, or riding with children, then by all means wear a helmet. But if you're hopping a bike to go a few blocks down the street, it isn't really necessary, and choosing not to ride because you don't have a helmet would be counterproductive. Go ahead and wear one if you have it handy, but don't skip riding if you haven't got one.
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LA is rolling out a 4000 bike system next year. the mayor announced it during the last CycLAvia a couple weekends ago. they are going to focus on Downtown, Hollywood, Westwood Village and a couple more dense areas of the city and then expand from there.
A couple more details on LA's system:

- 4,000 bikes at 400 stations will be rolled out over the next 18 months, making it one of the larger systems in the country, but not quite as large as NYC's system.

- They are not going with the tried-and-true Bixi system, and instead going with a company called Bike Nation.

- The system will be privately run and funded, using revenue from ads placed at stations, a la DC's first system "Smartbike DC". This makes me worried, because that system flopped when ClearChannel refused to expand it. However, Bike Nation seems more enthusiastic than ClearChannel was about expanding, so hopefully LA's system will work out differently.

More info here: http://la.streetsblog.org/2012/04/27...ikes-and-more/
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City hopes to start a bike-sharing program (Connecticut Post)

Bridgeport has a couple of Metro North stations, an Amtrak station, a fairly dense downtown and it has some other dense neighborhoods, all suggesting that bike-sharing might be successful here.

City hopes to start a bike-sharing program

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Monday, May 7, 2012
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"BRIDGEPORT -- You've just arrived at the Bridgeport Metro-North railroad station, and you have an appointment at the University of Bridgeport in 20 minutes.

It's a long walk from the train platform to UB, so your options for getting there are few. You could either take a cab or try to catch the No. 1 Greater Bridgeport Transit bus from downtown.

But cabs are expensive, and the wait for the No. 1 bus could take 30 minutes or more..."

http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/...am-3540680.php
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Bikeshare Station Expansion Headed To Capitol Campus This Summer

This is a good first step. Next, I would like to see Congress get rid of the awful large surface parking lot directly behind the Capitol and next to the Capitol South metro station.

Hopefully this bikeshare station will play an important educational role-- showing members of Congress and their staff that many people do bike to work and that bicycling is a legitimate form of transportation.

Bikeshare Station Expansion Headed To Capitol Campus This Summer

By Emma Dumain
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5/14/2012

"After nearly two years of stops and starts, security concerns and logistical hurdles, Capital Bikeshare could be coming soon to the Capitol campus.

Program officials say a Bikeshare rental kiosk is on schedule for installation this summer -- as early as June -- on the corner of D Street and New Jersey Avenue Southeast, outside the Capitol South Metro station.

Capital Bikeshare, run in part by the D.C. Department of Transportation, allows cyclists to rent bicycles and return them to any kiosk in the city. Since its 2010 launch, the program has placed more than 1,200 bikes in more than 140 stations across D.C. and Arlington, Va..."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1514078.html
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Nice Ride expands to St. Paul
Updated: May 19, 2012 - 4:50 PM

Nice Ride Minnesota, the popular bike-sharing program that debuted two years ago in Minneapolis, is bringing its fleet to the capital city.

Plans call for 30 stations to be up and running in time for Bike Walk Week, June 2-10, program officials announced last week. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is expected to attend a kick-off rally tentatively scheduled for June 4.

The expansion will increase to 146 the number of stations in the Twin Cities to rent and return the 1,328 green bicycles.

http://www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/152160715.html
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Bike share coming to Cincinnati

Cincinnati receives national bicycle award, announces bike share feasibility study
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City officials announced today that Cincinnati has been named a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. The award comes after two previous failed attempts, and makes Cincinnati one of three Ohio cities to receive the recognition.
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City officials and bicycling advocates also took the opportunity today to announce that Cincinnati will begin a bike share feasibility study for the region’s urban core. The process, officials say, will begin in June and be completed by August this year. The work will be done by Alta Planning+Design, which is the same firm that has developed and implemented bike share programs in Washington D.C., Boston and New York City.
Source: http://www.urbancincy.com/2012/05/ci...ibility-study/
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Does anybody else think bike sharing is starting to become a bit of a fad?

It seems to have this "me too" thing, with it spreading all over the country so quickly.
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Does anybody else think bike sharing is starting to become a bit of a fad? It seems to have this "me too" thing, with it spreading all over the country so quickly.
Of course it's a fad in America, Federal funds have been open and private enterprise and local authorities feeding off Federal pork have quickly moved in.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_sharing_system
To date, no publicly owned and administered bicycle sharing program has yet been able to consistently operate as a self-funding enterprise, using only revenues generated from membership subscriptions or user fees and charges.

I wonder how many bike sharing organizations will still be operating after the source of public funding ends?
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