May 6, 2018

Bikesharing booming

Yes Magazine - The modern concept of bike-sharing—offering bikes for short-term public rental from multiple stations in cities—was launched in Copenhagen in 1995, but U.S. cities only started piloting their own systems in the past decade. ... In 2016 there were 55 systems across the country with a total of over 40,000 bikes.

And momentum continues to grow. In 2017 Citi Bike in New York City added 2,000 bikes, increasing its fleet to 12,000. San Francisco is expanding its system from just 700 bikes to 7,000, thanks to a sponsorship deal with Ford.

The newest twist in this rapid expansion is dockless bike-sharing, which lets users park bikes anywhere within defined districts and lock and unlock their bikes with smartphone apps. Users don’t have to locate docking stations or worry about whether space will be available at their destination. These systems also are cheaper to set up, so providers can charge lower user fees. Some dockless bike-share companies offer rides for as little as $1 for the first half hour.


Anonymous said...

In my city, the "bikeshare" bikes cost as much as a 24 hour bus ticket, for the first hour of bike rental.

Anonymous said...

This program was on the News.
Bicycles are being found discarded, thrown around, up a tree. etc.
Maybe its better to have specific places where bicycles are borrowed from, and returned to. And are locked up.
Still, not sure how to make people responsible. But at least the bicycles won't be trashed by 'youth' that might find a bicycle on a sidewalk, in the middle of the night.