Capital Bike Share, DC metro Nice Ride, Minneapolis, MN
People bike more after joining bike share, even if they own a bike.
Bike sharing makes getting around more convenient for everyone. Two thirds of Minneapolis bike share members reported biking more after joining even though 77% owned a personal bike.
Big systems work, small systems don’t.
There are hundreds of places in Portland that people want to go to. The more stations you have, the more likely it is that a bike sharing station is near your destination. Too few stations and the system isn’t a practical choice. DC’s first system had only 10 stations and very little use. DC metro's new system has 140 stations and had 1 million trips in its first year.
Bike sharing works best in dense places.
Bike share is designed for short trips under three miles and 30 minutes. Cities get the most bang for the buck by locating stations at popular origins and destinations, such as workplaces, schools, and shopping districts. As the system grows, additional areas can be added.
Bike share stations need to be close together.
Whether you’re parking your car or bike or getting off transit, you want to be close to your final destination. If your bike share station is full, nearby stations provide a convenient back-up option to return a bike.
Theft and vandalism aren't major concerns.
Before bike sharing came to the North America, a lot of people worried that the bikes would end up vandalized, stolen or at the bottom of the river. That hasn’t happened.
Today’s bike sharing systems are built to withstand urban conditions – including people with ill intentions. Users must use a credit or debit cards to check out a bike, which creates user accountability. Minneapolis had one bike stolen in 2011. DC/Arlington’s Capital Bike Share theft rate is less than 1%.
US Bike Share Cities
|Alexandria||80||2012||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Ann Arbor, MI||45||2014||Bcycle||Clean Energy Coalition|
|Arlington||650||2011||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Aspen||100||June 2013||Public Bike System||We-Cycle|
|Austin||300||2013||Bcycle||Bike Share of Austin|
|Bethesda, MD||12 stations||2014||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Birmingham, AL||400||Fall 2015||Bewegen|
|Boston||1300||2011||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Boulder||200||2011||Bcycle||Boulder Bike Sharing|
|Brookline, MA||30||2012||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Sharing|
|Broward County, FL||275||2011||Bcycle||Bcycle|
|Buffalo||50||2013||Social Bicycles||Shared Mobility, Inc.|
|Cambridge, MA||330||2012||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Chattanooga||300||2012||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Charlotte||200||2012||Bcycle||Central City Partners|
|Chicago||4750||June 2013||Public Bike System||Alta Bike Share|
|College Park, MD||80||2013||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Columbus, OH||300||July 2013||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Dayton, OH||240||May 2015 (open)||Bcycle|
|Denver||700||2010||Bcycle||Denver Bike Sharing|
|Des Moines||36||2010||Bcycle||Des Moines Bicycle Collective|
|El Paso||200||September 2013||Bcycle|
|Evanston, IL||80||spring 2015||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Ft. Collins, CO||2016|
|Ft. Worth||340||Earth Day, 2013||Bcycle||Fort Worth Bike Sharing|
|Hoboken, NJ||300 shared w/ Weehawken, NJ||November 2014||Next Bike||Bike and Roll|
|Jersey City, NJ||500||2015||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Kailua (Oahu, Hawaii)||12||2011||Bcycle||Hawaii Bcycle|
|Lansing, MI||20||summer 2014 (not open)||A2B Bikes||Capital Community Bike Share|
|Los Angeles County||2016|
|Long Beach, CA||unknown||2015||unknown||unknown|
|Long Beach, NY||200||2015 (2012 - 13 project ended)||Social Bicycles (previous was Deco Bike)||unknown|
|Miami||700||2014||Deco Bike||Deco Bike|
|Miami Beach||875||2011||Deco Bike||Deco Bike|
|Milwaukee, WI||70||2014||Bcycle||Midwest Bike Share|
|Minneapolis/St. Paul||1550||2010||Public Bike System||Nice Ride Minnesota|
|Nashville||190||2012||Bcycle||Nashville Downtown Partnership|
|New York City||5950||2013||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Oklahoma City||95||2012||Sandvault||Downtown OKC|
|Orlando, FL||500||2014 (not open)|
|Philadelphia||600||2015||Bcycle||Bicycle Transit Systems|
|Phoenix||450||fall 2014 (not open)||Social Bicycles||Cycle Hop|
|Pittsburgh||500||2015||Pittsburgh Bike Share Program|
|Providence, RI||200||2015||Social Bicycles||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Portland||750||2015||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Rockville, MD||130||2014||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Royal Oak, MI|
|San Antonio||400||2011||Bcycle||San Antonio Bike Share|
|San Diego||1700||2014||Deco Bike||Deco Bikes|
|San Francisco||500||2013||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Sacramento||12||2011 pilot (closed)||Midtown Bike Share||Sac. Midtown Bus Association…|
|Salt Lake City||120||2013||Bcycle||Salt Lake City Green Bike|
|Santa Clara County (San Jose, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Redwood City), CA||400||2013||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Santa Monica||300||2015||Not selected|
|San Rafael, CA||2016|
|Seattle||500||2014||8-D Technologies||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Silver Spring, MD||6 stations||2014||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Somerville, MA||120||2012||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Tampa Bay, FL||300||2014||Social Bicycles||Cyclehop|
|Takoma Park, MD||4 stations||2014||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Tulsa||50||2007||Sandvault||St Francis Health Systems|
|Washington, DC (region)||1890 (320 stations)||2008/2010||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Weehawken, NJ||300 shared w/ Hoboken||Nov 2014||Next Bike||Bike and Roll|