Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Bike-sharing World - The Second Week of April 2014

NORTH AMERICA
Canada:

                          Montreal:

The newspapers in Montréal are reporting that Bruno Rodi, a Canadian entrepreneur, will be the new owner of Public Bike Systems Company - Société de Vélo en Libre-Service. According to TVA Nouvelles, the sale of PBSC to Rodi Designs will be formalized on Friday, April 11, 2014. Rodi Designs' website proclaims it is the "sofa specialist for 35 years", which is an entirely different industry than bike-sharing. However, hopefully this will mean more comfortable seats for the bikes.

The bid for the bankrupt PBSC had to be a minimum of $4,000,000 CDN ($3,657,000 USD). We will see if that is a bargain or not.

Update April 24, 2014: An investment firm, REQX Ventures, the investment arm of Related Companies, a real estate developer, and Equinox, a fitness and wellbeing company, has put in a larger bid for PBSC than Rodi. The decision is up to the Bankruptcy Judge to see whose credit card the bIXI kiosk will accept!

Update II April 24, 2014:  After many twist and turns in court the Bankruptcy Judge awards PBSC/Société de Vélos en Libre Service to Rodi Designs. A recap of the day's events can be read in the Montreal Gazette.

Russell Meddin            bikesharephiladelphia.org


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Friday, March 28, 2014

The Bike-sharing World - Last Week of March 2014

EUROPE:
United Kingdom:
                                       London:
The Tour de France Boris Bike
101 Boris Bikes now carry the bright yellow color of the Leader Jersey of the Tour de France. This year marks the 101st run of the Tour de France and three stages of the Race will roll through the United Kingdom this summer. On July 7, 2013, the third Stage will end in London! We can't wait to see one of these yellow Boris Bikes be the first to cross the finish line!

NORTH AMERICA:
USA:
                                      Boston:
"Prescribe-a-Bike" program for The Hubway
A new program, "Prescribe-a-Bike," will allow doctors at the Boston Medical Center to write prescriptions for their low-income patients to qualifiy for a greatly reduced price of $5 for an annual membership to the Boston area's The Hubway. “Obesity is a significant and growing health concern for our city, particularly among low-income Boston residents,” said Kate Walsh, chief executive of Boston Medical Center, according to Boston.com. “Regular exercise is key to combating this trend, and Prescribe-a-Bike is one important way our caregivers can help patients get the exercise they need to be healthy.”

The Hubway re-opens area-wide on April 2, 2014, which will take a lot of weight off those Bostonians who have been waiting through a cold winter for these rides!

images: Mayor's Watch, and Dirt Riders

Russell Meddin             bikesharephiladelphia.org


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Friday, March 21, 2014

Barcelona's Bicing to add Vodafone to its Name



According to Barcelona's La Vanguardia, Europe's mobile telecommunication giant, Vodaphone will be the "naming" sponsor of Barcelona's successful bike-sharing program, bicing. The report states that at the beginning of April, the bikes, the stations, the uniforms, the website and naturally the mobile apps will all say "vodafone - bicing." 

The money from the 3 year contract for the branding of bicing with Vodafone will help the program keep the service levels high while reducing public subsidies to the program.


New name in Barcelona
images: vodafone, bicing and la vanguardia

Russell Meddin               bikesharephiladelphia.org


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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Paris: Vélib' Bike-share Called Into Action To Fight Pollution

Update: 
The offer of the Vélib' 1 days pass at no charge will remain in effect through Monday March 17, 2013. All other city transit is also being offered at no charge to help reduce the pollution by giving alternatives to private motor vehicles. As of the evening of Monday March 17, 2014 over 550,000 Velib' rides were taken to reduce pollution since the offer was made on Maech 13, 2014.

On Thursday March 13, 2014 there was a winter day record of over 135,000 
Vélib' trips to help reduce the pollution over Paris.
According to a Vélib' source, 7848 free tickets were dispensed on Friday, March 14th, by 6 PM Paris time, that is close to 2,000 more than the day before!

With the extremely high level of pollition in the French Capital this week, the Mayor of Paris is offering the Vélib' bike-share pass at no charge today and tomorrow. In an effort to reduce the amount of automobile traffic the Mayor is asking residents to leave their cars at home and use Vélib'. For Thursday, March 13th and Friday, March 14th there will be no charge for the 1 day pass at all Vélib' stations according to an official Vélib' web site
Anti-Pollution Measure - One Day Pass Free - March 13 & 14
If you are in Paris March 13th or 14th help reduce the unusual heavy pollution blanketing the City, take Vélib' and take advantage of the free one day pass  which allows 30 minutes of use at no charge each time you take out the bike. Please ride slowly and carefully!


Russell Meddin               bikesharephiladelphia.org


Keep in touch with The Bike-sharing World with The Bike-sharing World Map. It is the premiere resource for information on cities with bike-sharing and complement to The Bike-sharing Blog. The easy web address for viewing the map is www.bikesharingworld.com.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Innovations In Mobility Summit June 10 & 11, 2014

sharedusemobilitycenter.org
If you missed the opportunity to attend the North American Bike-share Industry Forum earlier this week in snow covered Arlington, Virgina, USA, you now have the opportunity to attend a summit on all shared-use vehicle mobility in Washington, D.C.  during a warmer June.

On June 10 - 11, 2014, The Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit will be the continuation of discussions which began at the overwhelmingly successful Shared-Use Mobility Summit in San Francisco in October 2013. Whether you attended the October Summit or the Forum this week, the June Summit will give you the opportunity to help formulate shared use vehicle policies and learn about new technologies in the shared-use mobility field. Save the date or register now

The Summit is hosted by Mobility Lab, Transit Center, Association for Commuter Transit, and The Transportation Sustainability Research Center.

Russell Meddin               bikesharephiladelphia.org


Keep in touch with The Bike-sharing World with The Bike-sharing World Map. It is the premiere resource for information on cities with bike-sharing and complement to The Bike-sharing Blog. The easy web address for viewing the map is www.bikesharingworld.com.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

More on the North America Bike-share Industry Forum


Parts of this two day event will be avaible as a webinar for those in the industry who can not come in person to Arlington, VA -- just outside of Washington, D.C. To connect to the webinar on Sunday, March 2, 2014, which is for municipal officials invovled with bike-share and non-profit and for-profit operators of bike-share services one must register in advance at: Day 1 Webinar.

To connect to the webinar on Monday, March 3, 2014 which is for vendors and their customers and potential customers invovled with bike-share services, one must register in advance at: Day 2 Webinar.

For those who need more information about bike-sharing and how to be invovled as a municipality, owner-operator, or as advocates, here are current resources besides The Bike-sharing Blog that can be helpful:


Bicycle Sharing 101
Bradley Schroeder, has just publihed a new book: Bicycle Sharing 101: Getting The Wheels Turning. If you are starting a new bike-sharing service or just need to know more, it is worth the read and to keep as a reference.


The ITDP Bike-sharing Planning Guide
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) The Bike-Sharing Planning Guide is also a good read. There are now over 685 bike-sharing cities world-wide. This makes for a good sample from which to glean some best practices and do's and don'ts. Get a copy of this Planning Guide at: www.itdp.org/library/publications/details/the-bike-share-planning-guide.


Keep in touch with The Bike-sharing World with The Bike-sharing World Map. It is the premiere resource for information on cities with bike-sharing. The easy web address for viewing the map is www.bikesharingworld.com.

Follow the Map on Twitter@BikesharingMap


See the O'Brien Global Bike Share Map which shows real time bike usage in many cities!



Russell Meddin               bikesharephiladelphia.org


Thursday, February 13, 2014

U.S. Bike-share Municipalities and Vendors to Convene Industry Forum



The following announcement was released by the National Association of City Transportation Officials on their website:
 
Release date: February 12, 2014

On March 2 - 3, 2014, leaders drawn from across North America’s burgeoning bike-share industry will convene for a two-day summit on the state and future of bike-share. The meeting, which follows a 2013 roundtable of bike-share system owners convened by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) in Denver last September, will gather industry leaders at a critical moment for bike-sharing in the United States. 

“We are right now at a critical juncture in which bike-share has the potential to become a much bigger part of our urban transportation systems in the United States,” said Bill Dossett, Executive Director of Nice Ride Minnesota. This meeting will enhance communications throughout our industry and help us build better, more sustainable bike-share and transit systems for years to come.”

While 2013 saw bike-share systems launch in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and several smaller cities, the industry has had growing pains of late. The declaration of bankruptcy by Public Bike System Co., one of North America’s largest bike-share vendors, has spurred cities and suppliers around the nation to come together to better understand how we can ensure the sustainability and success of bike-sharing going forward. 

“For cities, we see this forum as an opportunity to speak with a common voice and to communicate the importance of a sustainable future for bike-share as a part of our transportation vision," said Ed Reiskin, NACTO President and SFMTA Director. “NACTO is thrilled to play a lead role in accelerating the pace of innovation and elevating communications among cities and their partners for bike-share.”

The two-day meeting will be broken into several targeted dialogues, some consisting of only cities and system owners and others hosted by vendors to speak directly to their customers about their latest products, initiatives, and efforts to improve system operations and communications. Industry leaders will discuss how to achieve common goals, such as increasing system usage and revenue, and improving the overall bike-share user experience. This meeting is a positive step towards the formation of a bike-share industry partnership aimed at accelerating innovation and facilitating communication among bike share stakeholders. 

Bike-share vendors interested in participating should contact Bill Dossett of Nice Ride Minnesota (bdossett@niceridemn.org, 612-436-2074).

Cities [and counties] interested in participating should contact David Vega-Barachowitz of NACTO (david@nacto.org, 646-628-3337). 

This Bike-share Industry Forum is scheduled to take place at the Mobility Lab in Arlington, VA on March 2-3. (The address for Mobility Lab is 1501 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1100, Arlington, Virginia 22209.)

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I'll be there in my role as the program manager for Arlington County, Virginia's portion of Capital Bikeshare and encourage other jurisdictions with bike-share services and bike-share equipment vendors and operators to join us. This event will be ground-breaking for our fledgling industry. I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

“Hot Zone” Commuters Taking Bikeshare to Use Metro



In Capital Bikeshare’s 2013 customer survey, the local government regional partnership that created the service asked who made trips to and from Metro. It turns out that 54 percent of our customers do.

So how far do Capital Bikeshare customers ride to get to and from Metro and their home? Well, we had some interesting findings which include a “hot zone” of bikeshare activity surrounding Metro stations.

Using Capital Bikeshare trip duration data for all stations during a week in July 2013, we determined the trip distances to and from Capital Bikeshare stations adjacent to Metrorail stations. Shown in the two similar charts below, Capital Bikeshare trips starting and ending at Metro stations have the most common trip distance of 0.5-0.75 miles. Not surprising as this distance makes for a good 10- to 15-minute walk.

      

Trips between 0.75-1.0 miles and 0.25-0.5 miles are not far behind as being the most common to and from Metro stations. Trips in the 0.25-1.0 mile range account for about 40 percent of the distances of the first-mile/last-mile trips and turn a 5- to 20-minute walking trip into an even quicker bike trip.

Longer distance trips become less common the further away the destination or origin become. Short trips of less than 0.25 miles are less frequent as they don’t save the customer time from walking. You’ll see that more trips in this range were made going to Metro, than from Metro, which leads me to believe that bikeshare is good for making up lost time in the morning when one leaves home late for work.

Some stations’ main purpose is to service a Metro station. The data visualization below created by Mobility Lab’s Michael Schade shows the residential bikeshare station at Lee Highway and North Adams Street sends a majority of its trips to the Courthouse Metro – as shown by a thick red arrow – whereas other stations are serviced by the origin station although far less frequently – as shown by the thin arrows. The two stations are about 0.6 miles apart. The second data visualization shows the Courthouse Metro sending a majority of its customers to both Lee and Adams and a nearby station at North Veitch and 20th Streets. Similar results will be found to and from other Metro stations.

 


Capital Bikeshare is a useful transit service for first-mile/last-mile trips to and from Metro, and this analysis shows that about 40 percent of bikeshare trips involving Metro are within that first and last mile.

Due to this important linkage, Arlington County will continue to place stations within this 0.25-1.0 mile hot zone around Metro stations, where land use contributes to a high residential and commercial population density. This is a no-brainer for bikeshare customers who are making these trips, but good to have some data to confirm it.


Here is a link to the presentation I gave on these findings at the recent Transportation Research Board conference in Washington D.C.


This article is cross-posted at Mobility Lab.