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  • It’s official! Metro bike share program launches in DTLA

    by Dave Sotero | Jul 08, 2016

    Los Angeles has officially joined the bike share revolution.  At noon today, hundreds of people who live, work, and play in L.A. converged in Grand Park to launch Metro Bikes, an eagerly anticipated, groundbreaking new bike sharing network that will consist of up to 1,000 shared bicycles at up to 65 stations throughout the downtown area.

    The $11 million project is the joint product of L.A. Metro and the City of Los Angeles, and is the first pilot effort to establish bike sharing throughout Los Angeles County that could potentially bring up to 4,000 bicycles to communities region-wide.

    “The much anticipated launch of bike sharing in Downtown Los Angeles is the latest salvo in Metro’s ongoing transportation revolution,” said John Fasana, Duarte City Council Member and Metro Board Chair.  “Our new transportation services are eroding the exclusive domain of the automobile and giving everyone more affordable, active and sustainable alternatives.”

    Metro worked closely with the City of Los Angeles to strategically place bike share stations at major transit hubs and key destinations of most benefit to people living, working and playing in the downtown area.  Bike share stations are located on both sides of Union Station, L.A. City Hall, Grand Park, the L.A. Convention Center, South Park, Chinatown, the Arts District, the Fashion District, Little Tokyo and other prime spots, most of them within a couple blocks of each other.

    “Downtown L.A. is a fascinating place to explore on two wheels,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Second Vice Chair Eric Garcetti. “Metro Bike Share gives Angelenos and visitors an easy, affordable way to experience some of our city’s most incredible sights.”

    Many bike share stations are located close to the Metro Rail and Bus network, giving transit riders direct access to Metro Bikes to easily combine bicycle and transit trips.  The system is the first in the United States to be operated by a transit agency and the first to use a single fare card, the TAP card, for both the transit system and bike share system.

    Downtown Los Angeles is the ideal area to launch bike sharing.  Downtown is the largest employment center in the county, has an exploding residential population, and is home to ubiquitous and growing transit system.  It is also a top tourist destination, with major world-class sports, entertainment, dining, cultural and tourist destinations throughout numerous downtown districts.  Metro and the city selected bike share locations that created better access to museums, libraries, schools, retail, employment, and residential areas.

    “Bike Sharing puts downtown at your pedals – from the murals of the Arts District to the Chinatown gates to Skyspace in the Financial District,” said Seleta Reynolds, LADOT General Manager. “We want it to help people connect the dots in a fun and healthy way.”

    To use the bike share system, customers can purchase a monthly or annual flex pass at www.metro.net/bikeshare. New customers will receive their TAP card in the mail. Existing TAP card holders have the option of registering their current TAP card in the system and simply adding bike share access to it.  Starting August 1, people will be able to walk up to a bike share station and check out a bike by paying with a credit card.

    Pass holders will use their Metro bike share-registered TAP card to access any Metro Bike from a dock at a station. Bike share-registered TAP cards identify each user to both Metro bike share and Metro transit lines. As with all TAP cards, transit fares can be loaded onto a bike share-registered TAP card at any Metro ticket vending machine, online at taptogo.net or at any of the hundreds of TAP vending locations across the county.

    Users can download a special Metro Bike Share App available on iOS and Android that will enable them to buy a pass, check bike and dock availability, and find the nearest station to their location, among other features.   

    The Metro bike share fare structure is designed to be flexible and affordable for all users. The agency has created three simple pass options:  

    • A 30-day pass is $20. All trips 30 minutes or less are free and $1.75 per 30 minutes thereafter. This pass option is best if the user expects to take more than five trips per month. People use their registered TAP card to get bikes directly from docks and the pass renews 30 days after initial purchase.
    • A Flex Pass is $40 per year. All trips 30 minutes or less are $1.75 and $1.75 per 30 minutes thereafter. This option is best if users expect to take two to five trips per month or want the convenience of using their TAP card to get a bike directly from the dock.

     

    • A Walk-Up is $3.50 for 30 minutes. This option will be available starting August 1. All trips 30 minutes or less are $3.50, and $3.50 per 30 minutes thereafter. An introductory 50 percent discount rate will be offered in August-September.  This option is best for tourists and visitors to downtown LA. Users can pay per trip using their credit card at any station kiosk. No TAP card is needed for the Walk-Up.

    Metro has ensured the system is equitable for all users. The agency distributed 40,000 Annual Flex Pass coupons for Metro Rider Relief participants to try the system at a low cost.  The program also has grant funding for Metro partners to conduct outreach to disadvantaged communities and to measure equity as the system grows.  

    The program is planned to expand to many other communities within L.A. County including Pasadena, North Hollywood, Burbank, Huntington Park, Venice, Marina Del Rey, East L.A., and San Gabriel Valley to create a regionwide system of more than 4,000 bicycles pending board approval.

    The system will be operated by Bicycle Transit Systems, with bikes and stations provided by BCycle, a unit of Trek Bicycles of Wisconsin. These companies have successfully launched and/or operate more than 40 bike share systems in metropolitan areas in the United States and abroad.

    “Bicycle Transit Systems is committed to helping Metro Bike Share become a culture-changing blockbuster, by providing customers with an incredible, and safe, customer experience by Angelenos for Angelenos,” said Allison Cohen, CEO of BTS. “Metro Bike Share headquarters are based in Downtown L.A., and our diverse set of employees looks forward to providing Los Angeles County a safe and world-class service that we believe will expand rapidly.”

  • Bublr Bikes Sets Weekend Ridership Record

    by Kevin Hardman | Jul 05, 2016

    Unlimited Bublr rides on Tuesday July 5th to thank users and all Milwaukeeans

    Bublr Bikes, Milwaukee’s bike share system, saw a record number of trips this past weekend. Over 2,100 trips were recorded during the Friday-Saturday-Sunday weekend which is more than 1,000 trips higher than the previous three-day record.

    “Bublr Bikes saw unprecedented usage this past weekend,” Kevin Hardman, Bublr Bikes Executive Director, said. “Not only did Bublr Bikes make it easier for people to get to Summerfest and the fireworks, Bublr also helped people travel all over downtown Milwaukee and the adjoining neighborhoods.”

    Bublr Bikes offers the lowest cost of entry, for walk-up customers, of any bike share system in the country at $3 for a 30 min. Single Ride. Bublr Bikes also offers one of the country’s only Pay as You Go passes which discounts the walk-up price down to $2/30 mins. Over 75% of this past weekend’s riders were either Single Ride or Pay as You Go customers. A Single Ride is purchased at any Bublr Bikes station using a valid credit. Bublr Passes, including the Pay As You Go pass, are purchased online at http://bublrbikes.com/pricing/.

    To mark this important usage record and to thank its riders, Bublr is offering UNLIMITED 30-min Bublr rides on Tuesday, July 5th, 2016. To redeem a FREE Bublr Bikes ride, users enter in code “070516” at any Bublr Bikes station. The code is valid for unlimited FREE 30-minute Bublr rides all day. A ride ends when the Bublr is returned to a Bublr Bikes station. Rides over 30 minutes will cost $3/each additional 30 minutes. A credit card is required to check out a Bublr Bike.

    “The staff and Board of Directors are so honored that Bublr is becoming such an important and used Milwaukee asset,” said Kevin Hardman. “A big thanks to everyone who rides Bublr Bikes and who supports our work. We hope you’ll take free rides on us!”
  • Milwaukee Youth Honored as Certified Bicycle Mechanics

    by Kevin Hardman | Jun 07, 2016

    Yesterday Bublr Bikes, along with our partners at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and DreamBikes, honored the first graduates of our Bike Repair and Maintenance Certification Program.  Latrell Turner, Jerome White and Kadeam Wilson, joined by their families, were awarded certificates for completing what is believed to be the country’s first bike-share mechanics certification. Armando Ramirez also earned the certificate but was unable to attend the ceremony due to a conflict in his schedule.

    The Bike Repair and Maintenance Certification is one-of-a-kind program that provides motivated young adults a 24-week course in bike repair focusing on diagnostics, proper tool uses and ultimately maintenance of bike share bikes. Students begin with an 8-week course at Boys & Girls Club B!KE program learning the basics of bicycle maintenance and tool usage. During this time, a Bublr Bikes representative speaks to the class introducing them to bike share and Bublr Bikes growth plans. Following the Boys & Girls Club’s class, students participate in an 8-week paid internship at DreamBikes where they learn about bike repair, the operations of a bike shop and basics of customer service.

    During the Boys & Girls Club’s classes and DreamBikes internship, students are given eight opportunities to visit the Bublr Bikes shop and learn more about the bike share system’s operations. Students who attend at least four of the eight sessions are eligible to continue on for an 8 week paid bike mechanics internship at Bublr Bikes. At the conclusion of the 8-week internship, students are given a final exam. The exam tests their knowledge on all aspects of bicycle maintenance with a specific focus on bike share bicycles and equipment. Those who pass are awarded a Bike Repair and Maintenance Certification.



    From left to right, Jerome White, Kadeam Wilson, Latrell Turner and John Fleckenstein

    A very special thanks to John Fleckenstein. John is committed to better bicycling and to giving Milwaukee youth important hands-on mechanical experience. This program would not be possible without John’s support and John’s leadership. Thank you John!
  • THE STORY OF “BIKE SHARE”

    by NDSU Student Government | May 20, 2016

    In the 2011-2012 academic year, the concept of Bike Share was explored by Student Government in collaboration with a member of the Fargo City Commission.

    • This year was dedicated to researching the vendor options, potential integration at NDSU and in the City of Fargo, budget/cost, and student feedback from multiple methods.
    • A reserve request to start the program failed in Senate due to the need for additional information.

     

    In the 2012-2013 academic year, Student Government took this information and developed more detailed program logistics and implementation programming.

    • Members of Student Government that were involved in the previous year and the current year continued with work on this program, and members that finished their terms also remained involved in the program development.
    • Initial explorations involving our weather, budgeting/costs, and the needs of the students were investigated in further detail.
    • A reserve request was discussed at length in the budgeting meeting in which resulted in a passing vote. This was for the amount of $88,000 to be put toward capital costs in startup that needed to be spent by the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2013).
    • At this same budgeting meeting, there was legislation to reallocate additional reserve funds. The final bill that was passed which allocated $65,000 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year to be used toward the operations of the Bike Share program once it was started. This money was paid out to Campus Recreation and Intramurals and was placed in their budget under a line item specific to only the formation of a Bike Share program. This money was transferred in August 2013 (the beginning of the new fiscal year).
    • The planning team consisting of student government past and present that had been working on this project continued through the summer and found that the logistical details for startup required more time than was available given the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 and reserve request money had to be spent by this date. This $88,000 was not spent, and was then rolled back into the reserve account (which is where it came from).
    • Additional challenges with this date occurred as a result of a change by the primary sponsor at that time, a large regional company. This company made an internal decision to postpone sponsorship as they had some other priorities at that time. They did not exclude the opportunity to sponsor in the future as they expressed value in the program and saw opportunity in future partnership.

     

    In the 2013-2014 academic year was one in which the program budget had to be reevaluated and recalculated.

    • Given the withdrawal of the primary sponsor as well as the start of a new fiscal year, this became a process that took the fall semester.
    • The planning team solicited and secured multiple smaller sponsors in lieu of a primary sponsor. Such parties included: Dakota Medical Foundation, Xcel Energy, Sanford Health, Kilbourne Group, Swanson Health, Forum Communications, and Susan Mathison. There were additional station sponsors as well.
    • The planning team also prepared a Powerpoint presentation for the Student Senate as well as other members of Student Government. A series of four open forums were planned and each Student Senator received a call, email, and texts in order to inform them of the meetings. All senators attended meetings as well as had opportunity to contact and converse with the planning team in order to make an informed decision about the program and change in funding.
    • At the budgeting meeting, extensive discussion about the unspent $65,000 allocation that was for Bike Share operational expenses in the 2013-2014 year. This was decided to be used for capital costs instead of operational costs in light of the sponsorship challenges.
    • Also at the budgeting meeting, the budget for 2014-2015 fiscal year was approved. Within this, there is a line item for $65,000 for operational expenses for the Bike Share program.
    • At the close of this meeting, the target for startup of the program was understood to be fall 2014. The supplier was determined to be B-Cycle and a local biking non-profit (Great Rides Fargo Inc.) was aiding in the intended summer planning for the program. They solicited two members from Student Government to act as representatives of NDSU students in continued formation of the program over summer 2014. One position is to be held by the Executive Commissioner of Finance (Preston Gilderhus for the 2014-2015 year) and the other was to be determined by the Student Senate (Chris McEwen for the 2014-2015 year).
    • No further decisions on the Bike Share program were made in this academic year.

     

    In the 2014-2015 academic year, a bulk of the planning logistics commenced in the summer of 2014. Nine in-person meetings as well as numerous conference calls and extensive email communication took place.

    • One provision that NDSU required of B-Cycle was the integration of the Bison card for use of the system. The intention is that all valid students can fill out a liability waiver, much like what is used at the NDSU Wellness Center. At this point the student would be immediately approved to be able to swipe their Bison card for access to checking out a bike for a determined time period. This is called multi-frequency, radio frequency identification or MF-RFID with real-time API approval.
    • This technology requirement of MF-RFID was ahead of B-cycle’s current technological capabilities and required extensive research and development in order to get the Bison card to work in addition to the ability of credit cards to work for community members.
    • This dual reading process took additional time and research to get to an implementation date and was in the testing phase in Madison, WI by the end of August 2014.
    • Following testing, B-cycle needed ample time to assimilate data for proactive adjustments prior to launch in Fargo.
    • It should be noted that this system is the FIRST OF THIS KIND in which student cards are integrated which allows for bypass of credit card use by students of a sponsoring school. NDSU is innovating the industry by collaborating with Bcycle on this custom development.
    • The second provision that NDSU required of B-cycle was the custom color of the bikes to be Bison green. This custom order required a lead time of six months of which commenced in April resulting in an arrival target of October in Fargo, ND.
    • In light of the technological research and development stretching into the fall as well as the custom bikes arriving in October, the Board of Directors had to make the decision to ensure that all of these components are in place as intended for a full launch. This resulted in the unanimous vote of the Board to delay launch to Spring 2015. This delay of launch would allow for the following:
    • Completion of the MF-RFID development and testing as well as adjustments for launch
    • The fall semester to have B-cycle send a bike, kiosk, and dock to NDSU for Student Government to use to educate and engage students on the use of the system
    • Save in operational expenses since a portion of this year’s expenses will not be needed due to a delayed launch. This money is currently in the discussion/pro-rating process as determined by Student Government and NDSU Administration (Finance and General Counsel).

     

    If you have additional questions, please contact the following in Student Government:

    Executive Commissioner of Finance, Preston Gilderhus

    Vice-Chair of Senate, Chris McEwen

    Executive Commissioner of Public Relations, Amy L. Nash

  • Indiana Pacers Bikeshare Celebrates 2nd Year with Over 117,000 Bike Rides

    by Kären Haley | Apr 22, 2016

     

    Year 3 includes program upgrades and new bikeshare station to be installed this spring

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. today celebrates the second anniversary of the Pacers Bikeshare program and announced the ridership numbers for the second year of operation.  Year two milestones include 117,319 trips on the gold bikes which equate to 243,782 miles, or almost 9 times around the globe. Pacers Bikeshare trips increased from year one by almost 10,000 bike rides.

    Annual Members were responsible for nearly 50% of all of the rides in the second year. Collectively, all of the bikeshare trips in year two resulted in riders burning almost 10 million calories and taking more than 230,000 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Pacers Bikeshare continues to receive significant corporate support. In it’s second year, the program partnered with OneAmerica to install it’s 27th bikeshare station outside of the OneAmerica Tower.

    “Pacer Bikeshare has experienced exceptional growth is our second year” said Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. Executive Director, Kären Haley.  “Residents and visitors continue to embrace our gold bikeshare bikes and are truly making an impact on both the Indianapolis community and their personal well being.”

    Recent technology upgrades to Pacers Bikeshare make bikeshare even more convenient, enabling riders to check out a bike with a one time code texted to their mobile phones.

    Later this spring, Pacers Bikeshare will add a new station on the Eskenazi Health campus, making it the 28th station in the system.  

    Indiana Pacers Bikeshare - Year 2 By the Numbers:
    27 Stations

    250 Bikes

    1,271 Annual Members

    28,393 Day Passes

    117,319 Total Trips

     

    9,673,027 calories burned - Roughly the equivalent of eating 49,605 donuts

    243,782 miles ridden - 9.8 times around the earth

    230,738 pounds of carbon reduced - Equivalent of taking 28 cars off the road this year (or roughly the distance to the moon)

    Indiana Pacers Bikeshare, a program of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. launched on April 22, 2014.

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    Kären Haley

    Executive Director
    Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc.

    email: khaley@indyculturaltrail.org
    phone: 317-672-7627
    web: www.indyculturaltrail.org

    and: www.pacersbikeshare.org

  • NACTO Releases New Guidance on Bike Share Station Placement

    by Alexander Engel | Apr 21, 2016


    Provides a Framework for Cities to Increase Access, Make Streets Safer

    For Immediate Release
    April 21, 2016

    Press Contact:
    Alexander Engel
    alex@nacto.org
    646.324.2919

    Bike share has rapidly emerged as a convenient, low-cost transportation option that can not only bolster public transit usage and increase cycling, but also address multiple street design needs simultaneously. Well-planned bike share stations can improve the pedestrian experience, help reduce traffic fatalities, and reduce inequity in cities’ transportation networks. To support cities across the country working towards all of these goals, NACTO has released the NACTO Bike Share Siting Guide, which highlights best practices in station placement and design.

    Getting station placement right is integral to the success of a bike share system. Planners and community groups alike can use this new guidance to help design and advocate for better, easy-to-access bike share station locations and safer streets.

    Complete with photos from systems around North America, as well as helpful diagrams and clear technical illustrations, the Guide provides a framework for a new, evolving industry. Developed collaboratively with city transportation departments, bike share experts, planners, outreach specialists, system operators, and equipment vendors from a variety of North American cities, the techniques recommended by the Guide have been proven in real-world practice. The Guide provides concrete options for communities looking to increase mobility options and improve street safety in their neighborhoods. This key reference tool can be used to enhance the community engagement and outreach efforts that are essential to the planning of any bike share system.

    Getting bike share station placement right is good for more than just bike share users. As cities work to address decades-long issues of equity in street design (low-income people in particular have a disproportionate risk of death or injury caused by traffic crashes), effective bike share station placement and planning can help close the gap by increasing pedestrian visibility at intersections, providing pedestrian refuge areas, protecting bike lanes and pedestrian plazas, and extending the reach of transit.

    “Location, location, location! Getting bike share station placement right propels success,” said Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and NACTO President. “The new NACTO Bike Share Siting Guidehelps cities learn from one another when it comes to station design and placement.”

    “Bike share doesn’t plan itself,” said Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia. “From the community members who help choose the sites, to the planners and engineers who make sure they’re safe, bike share is about sharing knowledge as much as it is about sharing bikes. The NACTO Bike Share Siting Guide is a playbook that features what we’ve learned here in Philadelphia and in our peer cities about making bike share work for our communities. We’re proud to be an inspiration to other cities around the country.”

    “Vigorous community engagement is key to bike share success,” said Tonnetta Graham, President of Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corporation. “As shown in Philadelphia, having community members actively involved in station placement and design helped align the needs and goals of bike share and our community. Empower our concerned citizens and they will be ambassadors of bike share throughout the community.”

    “The new NACTO Bike Share Siting Guide is an excellent resource for cities as they plan their bike share systems. It is a targeted tool for bike share station placement and creating site drawings,” said Bob Burns, President of B-Cycle. “This guide provides clear discussion, great images and a variety of site drawings that clearly show how bike share equipment can be used to enhance the user experience in cities everywhere. B-Cycle is proud to recommend the NACTO Bike Share Siting Guide.”

    “We commend NACTO for its thorough research and comprehensive approach to this complex issue,” said Jay Walder, President and CEO of Motivate. “As the nation’s largest bike share operator, Motivate works closely with cities on a wide variety of issues, including how and where to site bike share stations. The NACTO guide is a great resource and helps illustrate options used in cities across North America.”

    “NACTO’s Bike Share Siting Guide is a highly useful resource for bike share planners and operators, providing clear standards for how and where to install bike share stations,” said Nicole Freedman, President of the North American Bike Share Association (NABSA). “This smart guidance will help cities create easily accessible bike share networks, and better streets for all. NABSA fully endorses the NACTO Bike Share Siting Guide.”

    The Guide is a complement to NACTO’s successful Urban Bikeway Design Guide and Urban Street Design Guide, which have set the bar for successful 21st-century multi-modal streets, as well as NACTO’s Equity Practitioners’ Paper series, which highlights best practices for cities aiming to address equity issues while introducing or expanding their bike share systems.

    The NACTO Bike Share Siting Guide is available in print and as a free download at nacto.org. The Guide is part of a collection of resources created in collaboration with the Better Bike Share Partnership. It is made possible by a grant from The JPB Foundation to further the conversation around equity in bike share.

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    About NACTO

    NACTO is an association of 45 major North American cities formed to exchange transportation ideas, insights, and practices and cooperatively approach national transportation issues.

    Member cities include Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington D.C. Affiliate member cities include Arlington VA, Boulder, Burlington, Cambridge, Chattanooga, El Paso, Fort Lauderdale, Hoboken, Indianapolis, Louisville, Madison, Memphis, Miami Beach, Montreal, Oakland, Palo Alto, Puebla, Salt Lake City, Santa Monica, Somerville, Toronto, Vancouver BC, Vancouver WA, and Ventura.

    About the NACTO Bike Share Initiative

    Bike share has rapidly emerged as a new transportation option that can bolster public transit usage and increase cycling, with systems in in over 50 U.S. cities. As cities and towns around the country focus on sustainability and equity, bike share systems can play an important role in safety, accessibility, and livability efforts by making it easier for people to get around. To facilitate conversations between peer cities, NACTO holds roundtables, workshops, and webinars and conducts research on best practices and challenges for the growing bike share movement.

    NACTO is a member of the Better Bike Share Partnership, a JPB funded collaboration between The City of Philadelphia, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, NACTO, and PeopleForBikes, to build equitable and replicable bike share systems.

    For more information about NACTO’s Bike Share Program, contact Kate Fillin-Yeh, NACTO Bike Share Program Director, atkate@nacto.org.

  • BCycle to Install Las Vegas’ First Bike Share System

    by Marina Marich | Jan 19, 2016


    Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada Selects BCycle

    to Install Las Vegas’ First Bike Share System

    System scheduled to open summer 2016

    Waterloo, Wisconsin – Jan. 19, 2016 – BCycle was awarded a contract by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) to install the city’s first bike share system. This will bring the total number of communities in the United States and South America with a BCycle system to 41.

    “We’re excited to partner with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and bring bike share to Las Vegas,” said BCycle President Bob Burns. “Las Vegas is the perfect city for bike share, and will further enhance transportation options for residents of Las Vegas and the world-class experience for millions of visitors to the city.”

    The system is scheduled to open in 2016 with 18 stations and 180 bikes in the downtown Las Vegas area.

    Las Vegas will be the third system to use BCycle’s 2.0 bikes and stations. The 2.0 next-generation station was launched in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in April 2015, and features an intuitive kiosk and an updated aesthetic look. The 2.0 bicycle, which is lighter than the first-generation bike, will debut in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, California, this year. The 2.0 system’s proven technology and high-quality aesthetic will complement the high ridership of both resident and tourist users expected in Las Vegas.

    BCycle currently has more than 900 stations and 8,000 bikes on the ground. All BCycle bikes are designed by Waterloo, Wisc.-based Trek Bicycle Corporation.

     

  • NORTH AMERICAN BIKESHARE SYSTEMS ADOPT OPEN DATA STANDARD

    by NABSA | Dec 03, 2015


    Major bikeshare industry leaders agree to implement data standard by end of 2015

    The North American Bikeshare Association, working with representatives from the largest bike manufacturers, owners and operators in North America, is happy to announce the adoption of the open data standard for bikeshare. The open data standards will make real-time data feeds publicly available online in a uniform format so that map and transportation based apps such as Google Maps, RideScout and Transit App can easily incorporate this data into their platforms.

    The open data standard will improve transparency and public access to bikeshare information and allow end users to create integrated software and end user applications. Available data includes station locations, bike and dock availability, pricing information, etc.

    “With more than fifty bikeshare systems launched in North America since 2010, bikeshare has quickly become an important part of our transportation ecosystem. Establishing an open data standard is an important step to making bikeshare ever more convenient and accessible to the public,” says NABSA representative MitchVars.

    Under NABSA’s leadership, bikeshare industry leaders including 8D Technologies, PBSC Urban Solutions, Social Bicycles, BCycle, Smoove, and Motivate developed the General Bikeshare Feed Specification (GBFS) over the past year. All have agreed to implement the standard by the end of 2015.

    “We’re excited by the emergence of GBFS as it will standardize our bikesharing integration process. But we're also pleased because it helps solidifies the importance of open data and the need to create common standards for all types of mobility services. We’re proud to announce that we’re the first app to use GBFS by integrating Social Bicycles in nine cities across North America,” says Jake Scion, Director of Strategy and Development for Transit App.

    "Social Bicycles is excited to be an early adopter of the new specification and recently performed the first partner integration with Transit App. We look forward to working with more partners to expand access to bikeshare as a local mobility option,” says Ryan Rzepecki, CEO of Social Bicycles.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
    Mitch Vars, I.T Director, Nice Ride Minnesota, 612-788-7627, mvars@niceridemn.org

    Nicole Freedman, President of NABSA, 206-552-4085, nicole.freedman@seattle.gov

    More information here: http://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=8327d4c9221c755645cd5334f&id=bfc8d7b6f0&e=8897be32c3

  • Indiana Pacers Bikeshare Celebrates 200,000th Trip

    by Kären Haley | Nov 18, 2015


    INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. today announced another milestone for the Pacers Bikeshare program; 200,000 bike share trips have been taken since the program launched on April 22, 2014.  Over 100,000 bike share trips occurred in the past seven months, greatly surpassing the time it took to reach the first 100,000 trips earlier this year. 

    “We reached our first 100,000 trips in about eleven months. Reaching that same milestone at a faster pace exhibits that Pacers Bikeshare is a viable, and popular, transportation option in our downtown,” said Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. Executive Director, Kären Haley. “Both residents and visitors are using Pacers Bikeshare.  Our data shows that most people are riding bikeshare on the Cultural Trail, demonstrating the important link between connected and safe bicycle infrastructure and frequent bike share use.”

    Pacers Bikeshare is accessible year round. The Cultural Trail is cleared of snow and ice making it easy and convenient to use bike share during the winter.

    Pacers Bikeshare By the Numbers (data from 4/22/15 - 11/15/15)

    Bikeshare Stations: 26

    Bicycles: 251

    Bike Share Trips - 201,069

    Calories Burned - 17,202,209 (equivalent to 88,216 donuts)

    Distance Travelled - 433,340 miles (equivalent to 17.4 times around Earth)

    Carbon Offset - 410,317 lbs. (equivalent to 50 cars off the road)

    Day Passes - 52,535

    Annual Memberships - 2,608

     

  • New Bike Trailers Make Operations More Efficient

    by Kären Haley | Nov 10, 2015


    INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. (ICT, Inc.) today announced that the organization is now incorporating bicycles to balance the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program.  Operations team members will use the trailers, which hold three bikes each, to more efficiently move bikes between the twenty-six stations located along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick.

    “The bike trailers will significantly impact on our ability to manage the system more effectively” said Indianapolis Cultural Trail Executive Director, Kären Haley.  “Using bicycles to move bike share bikes allows our operations team to transport small quantities of bikes and access stations that may be difficult to get to when roads are closed, or there are special events.”

    The bike trailers were custom designed and produced by Indianapolis Fabrications. Indianapolis Fabrications donated one of the bike trailers to the program. 

    Pacers Bikeshare piloted a foot balancing program this summer when ICT, Inc. hosted 12 students from TeenWorks. The TeenWorks students worked in teams to move small numbers of bikes by foot in areas with the highest station density.

    “The TeenWorks teams were able to balance bikes in the downtown core more efficiently then our typical balancing operations,” said Cultural Trail and Pacers Bikeshare Operations Manager, Jordan Kingdon.  “The two bike trailers will allow us to augment our typical practice of using our cargo van to transport large numbers of bikes at a time.  Our operations will be more sustainable.”

    ICT, Inc. operates the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare Program 250 bikes and 26 stations, primarily located on or near the eight mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick.  The bike share program, which reached 100,000 bike trips in less then a year, started in April 2014.  Annual memberships and additional information are available at pacersbikeshare.org

    About: Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. ensures that the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick is a beautifully maintained, vibrant community asset connecting people and places in downtown Indianapolis.

    Kären Haley

    Executive Director
    Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc.

    email: khaley@indyculturaltrail.org
    phone: 317-672-7627
    web: www.indyculturaltrail.org and: www.pacersbikeshare.org

     

  • Faces of Indego: Meet The Philly Member That Pedaled To All 73 Stations In One Day!

    by Joel M. | Nov 05, 2015

    View photos of the ride on Joel's Instagram account here: https://instagram.com/butternutsquashsoup/

    I live at Seventh and Sansom, a block from Washington Square. I often start at the station at 8th and Market. The stations at 10th and Chestnut, 9th and Arch, and 5th and Market are also close. I wouldn’t object to a station in Washington Square, but I don’t want to sound spoiled. I know most people don’t have stations this close.

    I moved to Philadelphia from Wichita in March and have been looking for ways to get to know the city. I joined Indego in June and have been using it regularly ever since. I’m a big fan. I have a bike, but I like the convenience of the bike share program. It’s great for short trips. I don’t have to worry about bringing my bike up to my apartment or locking it up, and you guys take care of the maintenance. I’ve been using the Indego map a lot and thought visiting and photographing all the stations would be a fun project. I’m an Instagram novice, but I like the app and am rooting for a bike-friendly Philly.

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    The ride took about eight hours, a little longer than I thought. I was thinking, well, one minute per station would be 73 minutes, but I knew that wasn’t realistic. Five minutes per station would be about six hours. That would be possible. In the end, it took a little extra time because I had never been to most of the stations, and I took some time to explore. I’m excited to get back to the Clark Park farmers’ market for mushrooms.

    I started about ten-thirty. I wrote out the route the day before. Start close to my apartment, ride out to West Philly, cross the Schuylkill at Spring Garden and get the Art Museum, head to North Philly, wrap around Fishtown, back to Logan Circle, then South Philly, and finish up with the Center City stations near my apartment. I knew where most of those stations were located, so I thought if I could get the first sixty, I know where the last ones are located. During the ride, I used the bike2go app to fine tune the route. And, at the end, I had to stop at my apartment to recharge my phone, which I was using as my camera. Then, I went back out and got the last five stations: 9th and Arch, 12th and Filbert, 6th and Race, 2nd and Market, and Independence Hall. I numbered the photos in the order I took them. I’m thinking maybe someone else can help me with a shorter route.

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    I would definitely do it again. The photos turned out to be kind of a fall Philly valentine. It was a nice day, and I like photos of street scenes, interesting public spaces, brightly colored leaves, murals, the skyline, and blue bikes.

    Source: http://rideindego.tumblr.com/post/132560374388/faces-of-indego-meet-the-member-that-pedaled-to

  • Great Rides Bike Share Rolls Past 100,000 Rides

    by Sarah Otten | Sep 16, 2015


    Great Rides Bike Share is proud to announce its one hundred thousandth ride! The program, the first of its kind in North Dakota, provides bicycles at stations located throughout downtown Fargo and the North Dakota State University (NDSU) campuses for short station-to-station rentals. The system launched in mid-March with 101 bikes at 11 stations.

    “Our first year overall ridership levels put us ahead of other successful and much larger bike share programs in communities such as Minneapolis, Denver, and Madison all of which had fewer rides their first season.,” said Cam Knutson, chair of the Great Rides Bike Share Board of Directors.

    The program’s fast-moving success ties in to new technologies that include NDSU students. “To our knowledge, it is the first program in the nation to integrate a whole university alongside community users,” said Tom Smith, owner of Great Northern Bicycle Co. and steering committee member for the program. New card-reader technology allows NDSU students to use their student ID cards to check out bikes. Over 7,700 students have enrolled their cards for the program.

    “Great Rides Bike Share has had awesome results since launching and I would rank the usage at the top for bike share systems here in the USA,” said Lee Jones, Director of Sales for BCycle, the Madison-based vendor that provides infrastructure for over two dozen bike sharing systems nationwide.

    Future plans include continued growth of the program across the NDSU campuses and downtown Fargo, eventually extending across the river into sister city Moorhead, Minnesota.

    “This program is another example of how our community can rally behind something and make it a much bigger success than anyone could ever have imagined,” said Mike Williams, Fargo City Commissioner and Great Rides Bike Share Board of Directors member.

    “Current and future bike share operators are taking note of our success, particularly in the integration of student riders. We receive multiple calls each month inquiring about how we did it,” says Sara Watson Curry, Great Rides Director of Operations.

    Coincident to the milestone, the program will expand two of the most popular stations to better accommodate riders. This week, technicians will double the number of docks at the Memorial Union Station and add several additional docks at High Rise Complex Station, both on NDSU main campus, to accommodate more bikes.

    Each bike in the system, which receives regular inspection by professional mechanics, has been ridden an average of 1,000 times, said Watson Curry.

    For more information: greatridesbikeshare.com; facbeook.com/GreatRidesBikeShare

    Further questions, please contact:

    Sara Watson Curry

    sara@greatridesfargo.com

    701-280-1202

    Tom Smith

    tom@ipcycles.com

    701-280-1796

    Cam Knutson

    cam@kilbournegroup.com

    701-237-2279

     

    Great Rides Bike Share is a program managed by Great Rides Fargo, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to building healthy individuals and communities by encouraging the use of bicycles for lifestyle, sport, and recreation. Great Rides Bike Share is the first technology driven bike share system in North Dakota.

  • Demonstration bikeshare kiosks available to check out soon!

    by Brett Thomas | Jul 29, 2015

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    Bikeshare is coming to downtown Los Angeles in 2016 with nearly 1,100 bikes at 65 stations. And you’ll be able to check out a demonstration kiosk — complete with bikes — at the following dates and times:

    • Wednesday, August 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lunch Á La Park in Grand Park.

    So come see how you can use a TAP card to check out a bike!

    Some quick background: The Metro Board of Directors in June approved an $11-million contract to Bicycle Transit Systems (BTS) and their partners (B-CycleRidescoutTool Design Group and BikeHub) to run the countywide bikeshare program that Metro is overseeing.

    The bikeshare program is set to begin in downtown L.A. with other communities around the county to follow. Metro is currently working on a fare structure and other details. Stay tuned!

  • L.A. Metro Board Approves BCycle as Regional Bikeshare Vendor

    by Dave Sotero | Jun 25, 2015

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    The Metro Board on Thursday voted to approve Metro’s selected vendor, Bicycle Transit Systems, Inc. to launch a long-awaited regional bikeshare program in Los Angeles County. As part of a bikesharing pilot project, the firm will install almost 1,100 bikes at 65 stations in downtown Los Angeles, with an opening next spring.

    Here’s the official news release:

    Bikesharing Coming To Downtown L.A.

    METRO BOARD ANNOUNCES ADOPTION OF L.A. COUNTY BIKESHARE PLAN, AWARDS $11 MILLION CONTRACT TO BICYCLE TRANSIT SYSTEMS, INC. TO LAUNCH BIKESHARING IN DOWNTOWN L.A. AS START OF PLANNED COUNTYWIDE SYSTEM

    In an eagerly anticipated decision that brings bikesharing to the City of Los Angeles and others county-wide, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board today voted to award a $11 million contract to Bicycle Transit Systems, Inc., jumpstarting the first pilot bikesharing program in Downtown L.A. next year, with expansions to other municipalities to follow.

    Metro will launch the bike share system in spring 2016 with nearly 1,100 bikes at 65 stations throughout Downtown L.A.

    “We are building new ways for Angelenos to get around,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Riding a bike is another option people can use to commute to work or explore the region. Today marks the first step in Metro’s plan to bring bikeshare to cities across the county.”

    The launch will follow an extensive public outreach process that will give local residents, business owners and other stakeholders the opportunity participate in the planning of the county’s newest form of transportation. As the community input process advances, bicycles will be available for short-term hire at a wealth of downtown locations such as Union Station, L.A. Convention Center, Staples Center, Grand Park/Music Center, 7thStreet/Metro Center , Grand Central Market, Pershing Square, the Arts District, the future Figueroa Cycle Track corridor, University of Southern California area and numerous attractions.

    Following the launch in Downtown L.A., the system will expand to Pasadena in 2017 as Metro plans to bring the program to eight other communities for a total of 4,000 bicycles in ten communities in L.A. County.

    Bikesharing, designed for low-cost, point-to-point short trips using a for-rent fleet of bicycles strategically located at docking stations in close proximity to one another and to transit, is a key transportation and first-mile-last-mile strategy that has already proved popular and successful in other major U.S. cities and around the globe, including New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Montreal, London and Paris. The new L.A. system will fill gaps in the transit network with durable bikes at self-service stations located every few blocks in Downtown. Residents and visitors can pick up a bike at any station, ride to their destination, and drop off the bike at any open dock. The system will allow unlimited, short-term access to bikes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Smartphone apps will give users real-time information about bike and dock availability. The system’s fares will be considered by the Metro Board at a future meeting. Metro’s Regional Bikeshare Implementation Plan, also approved by the Board, shares capital, operations and maintenance costs with cities, ensuring the program’s financial viability moving forward.

    Metro conducted a rigorous, impartial and competitive procurement process to ensure that only the most experienced and capable vendor was selected to implement Metro’s Countywide Bikeshare Program.  Having just completed an on-time launch in Philadelphia, the newest of 34 systems in 42 cities with 7,000 bicycles operated througout North and South America, Bicycle Transit Systems, Inc. (BTS) and its partner BCycle, were determined to have the most industry experience and expertise, proven equipment and technology, and the greatest capability for immediate, on-time delivery of a large-scale, multi-jurisdictional bikeshare system backed by their industry-best customer service. The BTS/BCycle team also includes RideScout, BikeHub and Toole Design.

    BTS/BCycle team will be able to provide the required number of bicycles and bicycle docking stations for the agency’s Downtown L.A. pilot program and program  expansion.  The firm already has one local distribution center in Ontario and a subsidary headquartered in San Diego County, and the L.A. system will create new jobs at these facilities, and more across LA county.

    Metro Board members who authored earlier motions in support of Metro bikesharing include directors Eric Garcetti, Mike Bonin, Don Knabe, and former directors Zev Yaroslavsky and Pam O’Connor.

    “I am tremendously excited that we are moving forward with bikeshare in L.A. and that we are focusing on developing a system that will connect our neighborhoods through interoperable systems,” said Metro Board Member Mike Bonin. “It defies logic that snowy cities around the country have had bikeshare for years, but a city like Los Angeles, with our wonderful weather and communities begging to be biked, still hasn’t gotten this done yet.”

    “Bikeshare can be a key element of the first-last mile and balanced transportation solution, expanding the reach of transit and providing our transit users with another mobility option.” said Phillip A. Washington, Metro CEO. “As a proven, experienced leader in the bikeshare industry, we are confident that the BTS/Bcycle team will deliver a successful countywide bikeshare system.”

    “The wheels are in motion on the region’s newest form of public transportation, and momentum continues to build for cycling on the streets of L.A. County,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation and a principal at Bloomberg Associates, where she advised on Metro’s bikeshare contract. “Nothing inspires a city quite like a new bikeshare system, and with by making a safe, affordable, active commute into a reality for thousands more Angelenos, this is a huge step in L.A.’s evolution from car culture to cycling capital.”

    Metro’s Bikeshare Implementation Plan establishes a business plan needed to bring bikesharing to more cities within L.A. County. Under the plan, Metro will pay 50 percent of capital costs and 35 percent of net operations and maintenance costs.  The agency will manage a master operations contract with its selected bikeshare vendor to provide operations and maintenance for the entire regional system while BTS/BCycle is already working on integrating transit fare cards similar to Metro’s TAP card, bringing a convenient, unified payment system to the county’s rail, bus and bikeshare systems. Building on this board-approved funding mechanism, Metro is also seeking potential system sponsors interested in high-visibility advertising on the stations, bikes and related materials.

    “Metro’s commitment to treating bikeshare as an extension of the transit system lays the foundation for Los Angeles to have one of the most equitable bikeshare systems in the country, one that is truly accessible and affordable to the communities that will benefit most. It is critically important that Angelenos’ first experience with bikeshare is seamlessly integrated throughout Los Angeles County and we encourage all agencies to collaboratively seek compatibility across multiple systems,” said Tamika Butler, Executive Director, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.  “We commend Metro for taking a leadership role and look forward to the successful deployment of a regional system.”

    Metro, the City of L.A., and local partners will host demonstration events, open houses and workshops throughout Downtown and future service areas in the coming year. Angelenos are encouraged to attend, test out bikeshare bikes and provide feedback on how the system will best work for them.

    http://thesource.metro.net/2015/06/25/metro-board-approves-bikeshare-vendor-for-los-angeles-county/

  • BCycle Launches Third System in Two Months, Bringing Total to 32 Systems

    by Marina Marich - BCycle | May 19, 2015

     
    WATERLOO, Wis., May 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BCycle, which develops and delivers best-in-class bike share systems worldwide, launched its third system in two months with the recent introduction of Dayton, Ohio's Link bike share system. Dayton joins Philadelphia, Penn. — BCycle's largest system launch to date — and Fargo, N.D., bringing the total number of communities in the United States and South America with a BCycle system to 41. 

    Dayton's bike share system, called Link, is the newest BCycle system, and opened with 225 bikes and 24 stations. The system sold more than 140 memberships prior to launching and riders have made at least 1,500 trips since the launch. Link gives riders the opportunity to buy a daily pass or an annual membership."We're pleased that the three newest BCycle bike share systems are off to anexceptional start. The high usage and membership redemption rates demonstrate that our enterprise software and proven hardware are performing well," said BCycle President Bob Burns. "It has been rewarding to work with these new cities — Dayton, Philadelphia and Fargo — to meet each system's unique needs, and we're excited to welcome all three of these cities into the rapidly growing BCycle family of bike share systems."

    Philadelphia is the single largest bike share launch in BCycle's history. Its system, called Indego, is the first to receive BCycle's 2.0 stations. These next-generation stations feature a more advanced solar powered system and an updated aesthetic, and maintain the features, benefits and reliability of the first-generation product. Now, nearly a month after its launch, Indego has approximately 2,800 monthly members and more than 33,000 rides have been taken. Indego has implemented an innovative cash option, PayNearMe, putting Philadelphia on the forefront of bike share systems focused on social equity.

    In Fargo, BCycle developed new, innovative MFRID technology for Great Rides Bike Share, a collaboration between the city of Fargo and North Dakota State University (NDSU), to allow NDSU students to use their Bison Card student IDs to access the system through their online student portal. Great Rides Bike Share is the first and only bike share program in the United States to be funded through university student fees. The system, which includes 101 bicycles throughout 11 station locations, has already experienced unprecedented and record-setting usage in the past two months, including more than 40,000 checkouts and 5,700 users, which include nearly 5,100 students.

    BCycle currently has more than 700 stations and 7,800 bikes on the ground. All BCycle bikes are designed by Waterloo, Wisc.-based Trek.

    - See more at: http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2015/05/19/737386/10135194/en/BCycle-Launches-Third-System-in-Two-Months-Bringing-Total-to-32-Systems.html#sthash.l1NYQMBN.dpuf
  • Link: Dayton Bike Share

    by IndigoLifeMedia | May 06, 2015

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    The Link Dayton Bike Share launched May 5, 2015. Link is Dayton's bike share program. Use Link for short trips around downtown Dayton. Link is provided by Bike Miami Valley and RTA. Learn more: http://www.linkdayton.org.

  • Link Dayton Launch

    by Laura Estandia - Link Dayton Bike Share | May 05, 2015


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    Dayton, May 5, 2015 – Link partners, founding sponsors and staff opened Dayton’s bike share system today for with an inaugural ride lead by Mayor Nan Whaley. The Mayor led a fleet of riders from Courthouse Square in the afternoon to fill surrounding downtown stations with bikes while hundreds of onlookers joined in the festivities.

    “Link is an example of The City of Dayton’s continued effort to support programs that make us a more bike-friendly community. We are committed to a more active community, and what you see today is the result of what we can accomplish when community partners work together toward a common goal,” said Mayor Nan Whaley in her opening comments. “I am excited to lead today’s ride and even more excited to use my membership throughout the year.”

    Today also marked the launch of the Square is Where in Downtown Dayton. “We couldn’t think of a better to launch our Square is Where programming than with Link,” said Sandy Gudorf of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. “As a partner of the program, we’re proud to say that Link will provide the type of transportation needed for a more active community, one of the pillars of the Greater Downtown Dayton plan.”

    Bike Miami Valley Executive Director Laura Estandia recognized founding sponsors for the program and recognized the companies and organizations that are helping provide operational support for Link, which include Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, City of Dayton, Five Rivers MetroParks, Montgomery County, New Belgium Brewing Company, PNC, Premier Health, Public Health – Dayton and Montgomery County’s Creating Healthy Communities Program, Sinclair College, and the University of Dayton. “We are so grateful for the support of our founding sponsors and partners. Without their support this amenity would not be available to the residents and visitors of our city.”

    Link is the 31st bike share system in the country. The system has 24 stations and a fleet of over 200 bikes. Users will be able to purchase 24-Hour Memberships for $5 at station kiosks or a variety of other memberships online including a $65 Annual Membership.

    Link is run in partnership by Bike Miami Valley and Greater Dayton RTA. Executive Director Mark Donaghy of Greater Dayton RTA also spoke and announced the completion of the storefront at Third and Main and the incorporation of Link into the company wellness program.

    “The raw space you saw at the brand launch has been transformed into the Link Bike Shop. Stop in and see us. We’re very pleased with the work that’s been done,” said Mark. “Additionally, I see the health benefits Link can provide to my employees which is why I’m offering free memberships to the top employees in our wellness program. I’m proud to say that over 50 employees will receive a free membership to Link.”

    For more information about Link, visit www.linkdayton.org

  • 8,000 Indego Philly Bike Share Rides in First Week

    by Victor Fiorillo - Philly Mag | May 04, 2015

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    After a long, long wait, the Indego Philly Bike Share finally debuted last Thursday, mostly to thunderous applause. And one week later, we can report that there have been approximately 8,000 rides taken.Some other stats from the first week of the Indego Philly Bike Share operation:

    • There are 500 three-speed bikes on the street at a total of 67 locations. A few more locations are expected in the coming weeks.
    • Bikes are available from Temple's campus in the North to Point Breeze in the South and from Old City in the East to Clark Park in the West. Here is a neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to all of the Indego Philly Bike Share locations.
    • Thirty-three percent of the rides during the first week of Indego Philly Bike Share were taken by walk-up customers, who paid $4 per half-hour using a credit card at the kiosks.
    • The remainder of the rides were taken by members. There are about 2,400 Indego Philly Bike Share members. 1,600 of them use the Indego30 membership and 800 use the IndegoFlex membership.
    • The most popular stations during the first week were as follows, in this order: Rittenhouse Square; City Hall/Municipal Services Building; 15th and Spruce streets; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and 23rd and South streets.
    • Indego30 members pay $15 each month for unlimited one-hour trips. After a trip extends beyond an hour, Indego30 members pay $4 per additional hour. IndegoFlex membership costs $10 per year and entitles members to $4-per-hour trips, as opposed to the $4-per-half-hour walkup option. A cash membership option is also available.
    • Bikes include front and side baskets, although one staffer left his blazer in the side basket when he returned a bike to the Art Museum. Fortunately, it was still there when he went back. Each bike is also outfitted with splash and chain guards, an easily adjustable seat, and pedal-powered lights, in addition to sturdy tires and front and rear brakes, of course.

    Still not a member of Indego Philly Bike Share? Sign up here.


    Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/be-well-philly/2015/05/01/indego-philly-bike-share-locations/#ChDjtAGgLq0EjZzi.99
  • Pacers Bikeshare Celebrates 1 Year, Announces Extended Hours and New Bike for Year 2

    by Kären Haley - Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. | Apr 23, 2015



    Indiana Pacers Bikeshare Celebrates First Year with Over 108,000 Bike Rides
    Program also announces Extended Summer Hours and Introduces New Bike for Year 2

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. today celebrated the one year anniversary of the Pacers Bikeshare program with a public birthday party outside of Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. and announced the ridership numbers for the first year.  First year milestones include 108,049 trips on the gold bikes which equate to 218,259 miles, or almost 9 times around the globe. 

    1636 Annual Members were responsible for 44% of the first year trips. Collectively, all of the bikesahre trips in the past year resulted in riders burning almost 9 million calories and taking more then 206,000 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

    “It’s inspiring to see how our entire community has adopted the gold bikes as their own”, said Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. Executive Director, Kären Haley. “Having bike infrastructure like the Cultural Trail makes using Pacers Bikeshare easy and accessible for anyone and is one of the reasons so many people enjoy the bikes.”

    Pacers Bikeshare operating hours will be extended for the summer months making the active transportation option even more accessible.  Bikes will be available from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. through Labor Day weekend.  

    A new, “Indy Welcomes All” blue bike was also unveiled at the celebration.  People who find and ride the blue bike are encouraged to take a photo and post it to social media using the hashtags #IndyBlueBike.  Winning photo will be selected weekly through May 31st.

    Indiana Pacers Bikeshare Year 1 By the Numbers:

    • 26 Stations
    • 250 Bikes
    • 1636 Annual Members
    • 28,206 Day Passes
    • 108,049 Total Trips
    •  8,673,093 calories burned - Roughly the equivalent of eating 44,477 donuts
    • 218,529 miles ridden - Almost 9 times around the earth
    • 206,374 pounds of carbon reduced - Equivalent of taking 25 cars off the road this year


    Indiana Pacers Bikeshare, a program of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. launched on April 22, 2014.

  • BCycle Helps Set Records for System Funded by University Students

    by Marina Marich - BCycle Press Release | Apr 22, 2015

    BCycle, which develops and delivers best-in-class bike share systems worldwide, announced today that its proprietary system helped set several usage records for the first and only bike share program in the United States to be funded through university student fees.

    BCycle’s newest system, Great Rides Bike Share, in Fargo, North Dakota, is a collaboration between the city of Fargo and North Dakota State University (NDSU). The system has been rolling for a month, and it has experienced unprecedented and record-setting usage, including more than:

    • 20,000 checkouts to date, averaging about 1,000-1,250 checkouts per day
    • 4,300 student members
    • 1,500 trips
    • 170 trips being checked out in one hour
    • 30+ trips recorded on several bikes in one day with no fewer than 14 trips being recorded per bike, per day

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    “We’re pleased that Fargo’s bike share system is off to an exceptional start. The extremely high usage and membership redemption rates demonstrate that our enterprise software and proven hardware are performing well,” said BCycle President Bob Burns. “It has been rewarding to work with Great Rides Bike Share, the city of Fargo and North Dakota State University to meet the system’s unique needs.”

    BCycle developed new MFRID technology for Great Rides Bike Share, and worked with NDSU to create a software solution that allows students to use their Bison Card student IDs to access the system with a click of the mouse or tap of the screen.

    “It is incredibly exciting to see this program take form and make an impact not only in our transportation fabric but also for recreation,” said NDSU Student Body President Sarah Russell. “I have yet to see an NDSU student on a Bike Share bike that isn’t smiling. Friendships are being made ‘on bikes’ simply because the program provides an activity to get together to do. Bike Share finds its way into conversations, social media, community collaboration and so much more, so we are very proud that NDSU has embraced this with open arms.”

    Great Rides Bike Share is the newest member of the BCycle bike share family. BCycle systems are located in more than 40 cities and municipalities in the United States and South America.

    BCycle’s unique non-profit operations model requires a collaborative approach. In Fargo, the city and university agreed to bring a bike share program to the community that would incorporate the school. They invited the non-profit Great Rides and other community members to provide input and selected BCycle as the bike share system provider.

    “We thought we were creating a transportation model, but in many ways, we’re seeing a recreational model emerge. It’s exhilarating to see college students pedaling for the pure joy of riding,” said Tom Smith, steering committee member of Great Rides Bike Share, owner of Great Northern Bicycle Co. and cycling advocate.

    “Technology is an important component of this success along with lowering barriers to get students on bikes,” said Sara Watson Curry, director of operations, Great Rides Bike Share. “Each check out and ride show our community that biking is another great way to move and fun.”

    Bike Share Great Rides’s system includes 101 bicycles throughout 11 station locations in downtown Fargo and NDSU’s main and downtown campuses. The university and its students fund 30 percent of the system with the remaining 70 percent of capital funding coming from other sources and sponsorships.

    “It’s been quite a ride since inviting BCycle to display the system at Streets Alive, which resulted in pitching the idea the fall of 2011 to Cam Knutson and NDSU Student Government,” said Fargo City Commissioner Mike Williams. “Thanks to optimism, hard work and tenacity of the great student leaders and incredible community partners, Great Rides Bike Share is now a GREAT RIDE for thousands.”

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