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

    by Dave Sotero | Jun 25, 2015


    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.


    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.

  • 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.

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  • Link: Dayton Bike Share

    by IndigoLifeMedia | May 06, 2015


    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:

  • Link Dayton Launch

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


    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

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

    by Victor Fiorillo - Philly Mag | May 04, 2015


    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.

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