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||125||2014||Bcycle||Clean Energy Coalition|
|Arlington||650||2011||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Aspen||120||June 2013 (open)||Public Bike System||We-Cycle|
|Atlanta||500||RFP released May 2013|
|Austin||110||2013 (open)||Bcycle||Bike Share of Austin|
|Boston||1150||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|
|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||750||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||Feasibility study|
|Denver||709||2010||Bcycle||Denver Bike Sharing|
|Des Moines||18||2010||Bcycle||Des Moines Bicycle Collective|
|El Paso||200||September 2013||Bcycle|
|Ft. Worth||340||Earth Day, 2013||Bcycle||Fort Worth Bike Sharing|
|Fullerton, CA||150||unknown||Bike Nation||Bike Nation|
|Hoboken, NJ||25||2013 (6 month pilot ended)||Social Bicycle|
|Kailua (Oahu, Hawaii)||12||2011||Bcycle||Hawaii Bcycle|
|King County, WA (Seattle metro)||500||spring 2014||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Lansing, MI||20||summer 2013||A2B Bikes||Capital Community Bike Share|
|Long Beach, CA||unknown||2013||Bike Nation||Bike Nation|
|Long Beach, NY||400||2012 (temporarily not operating)||DecoBikes & Sandvault||DecoBikes|
|Los Angeles||4000||2013||Bike Nation||Bike Nation|
|Miami Beach||875||2011||DecoBikes & Sandvault||DecoBikes|
|Milwaukee, WI||10||2013 (operating)||Bcycle||Midwest Bike Share|
|Minneapolis/St. Paul||1550||2010||Public Bike System||Nice Ride Minnesota|
|Montgomery County, MA||250||2013||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Nashville||190||2012||Bcycle||Nashville Downtown Partnership|
|New York City||4,700||2013||Public Bike System||Alta Bike Share|
|Oklahoma City||95||2012||Sandvault||Downtown OKC|
|Phoenix||450||December 2013||Social Bicycles & Sandvault||Cycle Hop|
|Pittsburgh||500||2014||Pittsburgh Bike Share Program|
|Providence, RI||200||2014||Social Bicycles||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Portland||750||spring 2015||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|Rockville, MD||130||2013 (not open)||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
|San Antonio||280||2011||Bcycle||San Antonio Bike Share|
|San Diego||1800||2014||Deco Bikes||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||2016||Not selected|
|Savannah, GA||16||2014 (operating)||Bcycle|
|Somerville, MA||120||2012||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|
Tampa Bay, FL
|300||fall 2013||Social Bicycles||Cyclehop|
|50||2007||Sandvault||St Francis Health Systems|
|1890||2008/2010||Public Bike System||Alta Bicycle Share|