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    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.

    Mitch Vars, I.T Director, Nice Ride Minnesota, 612-788-7627,

    Nicole Freedman, President of NABSA, 206-552-4085,

    More information here:

  • 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

    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.

    phone: 317-672-7627
    web: and:


  • 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:

    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.



    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.



    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.


  • Great Rides Bike Share Rolls Past 100,000 Rides

    by User Not Found | 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:;

    Further questions, please contact:

    Sara Watson Curry


    Tom Smith


    Cam Knutson



    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


    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


    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.

    - See more at:
  • 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.

  • 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


    “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.”

  • Has Philadelphia Made A Bike Share That Can Get The Entire City Biking?

    by Anita Hamilton - Fast Company | Apr 17, 2015
    Photo Credit Michael Leff
           Its new program aims to get minorities and low-income residents to hop on bikes by placing stations more equitably and offering a way to pay without a credit card. 

    Ever since Washington, D.C., launched the nation’s first publicly funded bike share program in 2008, some 70 cities have followed suit, from Savannah to Seattle. And while some systems have floundered financially—even D.C.’s original SmartBike system shut down in 2011 before its current Capital Bikeshare took off—bike sharing in the U.S. is clearly on a roll. More than a dozen new networks launched in 2014, up from just four in 2010.

    But Philadelphia will put a new spin on bike share this spring with the launch of its new Indego program in April. In a departure from other bike share programs around the country, fully a third of the 600 bikes in Philadelphia’s Indego system, with stations made by BCycle, will be located in low-income neighborhoods, and all residents will have the option of paying with cash if they don't own a credit card. "We’re blazing some trails," says the city’s bicycle programs manager Aaron Ritz. "We hope that this will be groundbreaking in a repeatable way."

    Despite their increasing success, one area where bike share programs have largely failed is in attracting a diverse ridership. As a rule, bike share users tend to be white, at least middle class, and more often male than female. Even in D.C, where half the residents are black, only 3% of its riders are black, according to a 2013 report on the program. In Boston, which launched its Hubway system in 2011, 80% of riders earn more than the city’s median income of $49,000. New York, which now has nearly 6,000 Citibikes in Manhattan and Brooklyn, has none stationed in the poorest minority neighborhoods.

    Considering that most bike share programs are funded at least in part with public funds, such stark lack of diversity is particularly problematic. Philadelphia, for example, is paying for its Indego bike share with $3 million in city funds and $1.5 million from the state. The rest of the program’s $16 million total budget over the next five years comes from a corporate sponsor (Independence Blue Cross) and a nonprofit family foundation. "You can’t just have a lifestyle amenity that is funded by public resources," says Adonia Lugo, a bicycle anthropologist at Bicicultures, an interdisciplinary research collaboration.

    That’s why Philadelphia decided to design its bike share system, slated to launch on April 23, to appeal not just to tourists and wealthy residents, but to a larger slice of its nearly 1.6 million residents. That includes the 27% who live below the poverty line and the city’s majority minority population, which is 43% black, 12% Latino, and 6% Asian. "Our bike share will be accessible to underserved communities from day one," says Carniesha Fenwick-Kwashie, grant manager of the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia. A $3 million grant from the JPB Foundation is paying for stations in low-income neighborhoods where the median household income is 150% of the poverty line.

    While bike stations in poorer areas may not be as profitable as those near tourist attractions like the Liberty Bell or the Rocky Steps, "It was important for us to put the bikes not only in areas that would be a slam-dunk revenue generator," says Ritz.

    What’s more, Philly will be the first U.S. city to launch its bike share with a cash payment option available to any resident, regardless of income. (While Boston’s Hubway and Capital Bikeshare also have cash payment options, Boston's is only allowed for residents under a certain income threshold and D.C.'s only for residents of certain areas.) They will need access to a computer and a permanent address to sign up for the 30-day membership, which costs $15 and includes an unlimited number of free one-hour rides. They will receive a key fob in the mail giving them access to the system, and can fund their account at 7-Eleven or Family Dollar stores. An annual Indego membership costs $10 plus $4 per ride, and nonmembers can pay $4 per half hour.

    The big question going forward is whether Philly’s efforts to build a better bike share will actually work. "What makes bicycling accessible for people is feeling a sense of belonging or seeing people who look like them riding," says Lugo. Because many low-income people grew up riding public transit, "riding bicycles can be seen as a failure," adds Alison Cohen of Bicycle Transit, which will operate Philly’s network of bikes and stations.

    To get the word out, the city is hiring 10 neighborhood "ambassadors" to show residents how to use the bike share and encourage them to do so. It has also teamed up with the Mural Arts Program to create public murals designed by local artists with help from local elementary schoolkids in low-income areas that will draw attention to the stations. A social media campaign called "Where Will Indego Take You?" will ask riders to take pictures of rides to their favorite parts of the city and share them on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media.

    Philadelphia’s ambitions don’t end at its city limits, either. It’s teaming up with Drexel University's School of Public Health to study the impacts of bike share on riders’ health over the next three years. And it is working with the national nonprofit People for Bikes to help other cities develop more inclusive systems and transform bike share’s image from a luxury for the rich into an affordable, healthy, and fun alternative for more city dwellers.

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  • SXcycles: B-cycle Breaks Ridership Records at SXSW!

    by Corinna Burford - SXSW News | Apr 17, 2015

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    As attendees descended on the downtown area they proved for the second year in a row that Austin B-cycle is a favorite transit alternative among SXSW registrants and year-round residents of Austin. 

    As attendees descended on the downtown area they proved for the second year in a row that Austin B-cycle is a favorite transit alternative among SXSW registrants and year-round residents of Austin.

    Launched just over a year ago in December 2013, the popular bike share platform has seen two record setting spring seasons during the festivities of SXSW. In 2014, Austin B-cycle set a record 6.2 average of checkouts per b-cycle per day and a one-day record of 10.1 checkouts per b-cycle per day. During the 2015 conference, a record 3,032 total trips were taken in one day on Thursday, March 19th, averaging 8.2 trips per ​B-cycle.

    From March 13th - March 22nd, the Austin B-cycle team manned 9 valet stations and balanced the system nearly 7,000 times to account for the influx of trips made to the central business district, primarily the Austin Convention Center. Throughout the 10 days of SXSW, attendees and visitors of Austin took over 21,000+ trips - nearly 4,000 more trips than B-cycle's inaugural SXSW in 2014!

  • Austin Keeps It Weird with New BCycle Product

    by Ryan Callahan | Apr 01, 2015

    Waterloo, Wisconsin – April 1, 2015 –
     As the dust settles over Austin with SXSW 2015 in the books, Austin prepares for the 2016 installation of its famous multimedia festival and exhibition.

    Brian Conger, Director of Operations at BCycle, was pleased to announce the launch of a new product to the bike line, BUniCycle, to satisfy the increased demand placed on bike-share systems during events like SXSW.bunicycle-small

    “Austin BCycle set a system record during the festivals with more than 3,000 rides in one day and with the average bike being checkout 57 times,” says Conger. “With people from all over the world flocking to Austin for this festival, we are running out of places to locate bikes on the ground.”

    Eric Bybee, Product Design Engineer at BCycle, points out the merits of the BUnis. He said, “Along with the 75 percent reduction in weight, increased handling and minimal footprint, BUnis DirectToWheelTM drive technology also has 126 fewer parts. Fewer parts means less maintenance and lower costs, resulting in more BUnis on the street.”

    The excitement is not only coming from BCycle. Jess Braun, an Austin resident and avid BCycle user exclaimed, “We have seen a huge reduction in car traffic since BCycle came to town. Typically five BCycles can fit into the space that only one car could occupy, but with the crowds we see during SXSW, we need even more! 15 BUnis can fit into that same space? I am sold!”

    Conger sums up the project by stating, “Bicycles are a simple solution to a complex problem. BUnis are an even simpler solution. It’s a no brainer.”

    Oh, and, Happy April Fools’ Day!

  • Austin B-cycle Made the list: How to Navigate SXSW Like a Know-It-All: The Insiders' Guide

    by Andy Langer | Mar 16, 2015

    Best Ride Without Surge Pricing: B-Cycle

    Boasting more than 40 stations ­downtown, B-Cycle, the city's official bike-share, is partnering with SXSW and ­renaming itself SXcycles for the week. ­( )

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  • Numbers Show Cincinnati Red Bike is Red Hot

    by Adrianne Kelly | Mar 16, 2015

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    Now that the weather is changing, it might be time for a bike ride, and it looks like Cincinnati Red Bike had a good year, even through the colder months.

    Red Bike underwent a small expansion to get ready for the spring rush at Fourth and Vine streets on Thursday.

    According to Red Bike executive director Jason Barron, Red Bike is red hot.

    "So far people are excited about it. Red Bike has been really popular; people have been using it. It’s a nice new thing in downtown," Barron said.

    The bike sharing program launched in September with winter on the horizon.

    According to the numbers, other than the most snowy parts of February, Red Bike more than survived the winter.

    "We had 2,000 riders in December and 1,800 in January. You know the last couple weeks were a little snowy, but people were still out riding even on the worst days," Barron said.

    The program worked well for bike enthusiast Frank Henson. He now leaves his own bike home when commuting from Madisonville.

    "If you've got eight to 10 blocks to walk, you're going to be just as cold. But when you're on the bike, you get it over quicker," Henson said. "I used to put my personal bike on the front of the bus and come downtown on the bus, get off at a Red Bike station, get on a Red Bike and go."

    Henson said he thinks people will find that the program is as easy as riding a bike.

    " It's pretty intuitive. You get on the bike, you ride it where you need to go and you check it back in," Henson said.

    Along with expansion this summer in Northern Kentucky, there will also be more locations popping in the Cincinnati area. Red Bike hopes to have the expansion done in time for the All Star Game.

  • Bublr Bikes will launch into ride-share season two on Monday

    by Tom Held | Mar 16, 2015

    The team at Bublr Bikes has begun distributing 70 blue two-wheelers to 10 rental stations around the city, preparing to launch the bike-share system's second year on Monday.

     081914 Bublr Lee 17  Bublr Bikes registered 5,200 trips by
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     pilot run in 2014. 

    Bublr Bikes launched in Milwaukee in August of 2014, and provided a transportation alternative, primarily in the downtown area. The launch put Milwaukee on pace with all but a few other major cities in the U.S. that provide short-term bike rental systems.

    With a few months' experience the system revamped its pricing structure for 2015, and will begin to expand into neighborhoods. Targets for 2015 include Bay View, King Drive, Brady Street and the Menomonee Valley, and the build out will be guided by public input gathered through meetings over the next several months, according to Kevin Hardman, executive director.

    "The goal is to have 40 stations," Hardman said. "There's a lot of heavy lifting for us to make that goal."

    Hardman is especially excited about a simpler pricing format designed to encourage more people to try the distinctive bikes produced by a Trek subsidiary, B-Cycle.

    For walk-up users, the bike rentals will cost $3 for every 30 minutes of use. Monthly passes will cost $15 and include unlimited rentals for 60 minutes or less. If a monthly pass holder keeps the bike for more than 60 minutes, the $3 for every 30 minutes charge will apply. For more details, click here.

    In 2014, users paid a $7 access charge that included the first 30 minutes of rental time. It was too confusing and expensive, particularly for people just trying out a Bublr Bike, Hardman said.

    "What we did last year was hugely helpful to understand how to run a great system," Hardman said.

    The bikes proved popular for commuters who traveled to Milwaukee by train, then pedaled to jobs at ManpowerGroup Inc. and offices in Schlitz Park. Tourists looking to travel between downtown attractions also put the bikes to good use, Hardman said.

    "Cities are successful when there's a whole range of transportation choices," he said. "It needs to be a convenient and easy choice."

    Bublr Bikes is a not-for-profit business started to create the bike-share system. The launch has been financed through $1.2 million in sponsorships and donations, $3.1 million in federal grants and $300,000 in city dollars generated through a tax-incremental finance district.

    To reach the 5-year goal of 800 rental bikes at 100 stations across the city, Bublr Bikes projects it will need to generate $5.3 million from user fees and $3.7 million in donations, sponsorship and advertising.

  • Great Rides Fargo Launches

    by Sophia Borrelli | Mar 16, 2015

     Instead of driving from place to place in Downtown Fargo, some are choosing to ride, and that's being made easier for everyone.

    Today Great Rides Fargo launched their bike share program. There are 11 stations with over 100 bikes in the metro including some on NDSU's campus.

    The bikes can be borrowed for 30 minutes at a time to encourage sharing. A day pass costs $6.

    The program has been in the works for three years and is finally up and running.

    Sara Watson Curry/Great Rides Fargo, "Healthy transportation has been a huge conversation in our community and so, I think this is going to open up people's eyes for a lot of options to hop on their bike on their lunch break or hop on their bike and head on down to the Y and work out there."

    Passes are $15 a month and $75 for a year. NDSU students are able to sign up for free.

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