bike sharing

Should bike sharing be self-supporting?

By Robbie Webber Are bike sharing programs part of the city transportation system, or are they businesses disconnected from city services? That seems to be the question raised most recently in response to the financial problems of New York City’s Citibike, the largest and most prominent bike

Bixi bankruptcy a blow to bike sharing, but cities vow no disruption

By Robbie Webber Bike sharing has rapidly become a part of the urban transportation mix, easily supplementing both transit and walking for trips less than five miles. But financial problems for a large system supplier have cities wondering if their planned or already operating systems will also

Mode choice? There’s an app for that

By Mary Ebeling For almost a decade, per-capita VMT has shown a flat to downward trend. But don’t be fooled; people are traveling. Transit ridership is up. Biking and walking for transportation continues to increase. Car-sharing and ride-sharing services are seeing a boom. New technologies,

New Yorkers find new uses for bike share docking stations

By Robbie Webber Despite all the angst and dire predictions generated by the location of the Citibike kiosks, and concerns over safety and aesthetics, it appears that the docking stations are fast becoming just another piece of street furniture in New York. As noted in a recent New York Times

New transportation app to replace personal cars in Las Vegas

By Bill Holloway A new integrated transportation system of car and bike share, shuttle buses, and on-demand cars with drivers—all linked together with a smartphone app known as Project 100—will give residents of Las Vegas a convenient way to avoid owning their own cars. Project 100 is

Bike share both reduces use of other modes and induces new trip-making

By Eric Sundquist The transportation literature on mode choice is robust, though not complete. One emerging issue is the bike share system, a mode that is not only new to the scene, but one that is purposely designed to work in concert with other modes as a first- or final-mile

2013 on track to be the year of the bike share

By Robbie Webber While bike share has grown across North America since the first program was launched here in 2008, 2013 looks to be the year with the largest roll-out yet. Twenty or more new systems are planned to open this year in this country and Vancouver, BC, although programs do not always

Cities feel left out of transportation discussion

By Robbie Webber Just before Super Storm Sandy came to town and made a mess of New York’s infrastructure, transportation officials from the largest U.S. cities gathered for the first national conference of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). Out of that

Bike share programs’ support of transit constrained by FTA funding rules

By Mary Ebeling The benefits to transit riders of having bike racks on buses and trains and bike storage at transit stops are well known. New bike share programs offer another opportunity to provide better access to public transit, bridging the important “last mile” between trip origins and

Public Bikesharing in North America: Early Operator and User Understanding (Mineta Transportation Institute, 2012)

This study evaluates public bikesharing in North America, reviewing the advances in technology and major events during its rapid expansion. It looks at several angles, including current operational practices, business models, and environmental and social impacts in North America. Background