Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Bike-sharing World - Third Week of November 2014


                 Mexico City

Sad news from Ecobici in Mexico City. Last Friday, a 37 year old man riding Ecobici was fatally struck by a mini-bus on a transit way, according to SPDnoticas. After over 19,700,000 usages in over 4 years that Ecobici has operated in the Federal District, this is the first fatality for bike-sharing in Mexico. 

This terrible event makes an earlier announcement from Ecobici bittersweet. This month Ecobici began its grand expansion into the Benito Juarez section of the city. Work has already begun to bring 2,500 more bikes in 171 new stations to the system, as was reported by Almonent Noticas


Mexico will soon have another fairly large bike-share system in Guadalajara. Mibici is scheduled to begin operation within the next week or two. It will have close to 1,000 bikes in almost 90 stations. Stay tuned to  @BikesharingMap for the notice of Mibici's launch.

Tampa Mayor Buckhorn and Eric Tull of Coast Bike Share coast through the ribbon cutting

This week Tampa, Florida finally coasted into opening a bike-share system, but for members only, Coast Bike Share will open to all on December 7, 2014. With 45 bikes in "hubs" rather than stations, members can try out the bikes. Coast Bike Share is to have 300 bikes in 27 "hubs" to pedal and coast on the streets of Tampa.

Phoenix, Arizona's delayed Grid Bike Share program is reported to be ready to begin operation next week on November 25th.

Scotland, United Kingdom:

The JCDecaux Coca Cola Zero system in Dublin, Ireland
This week JCDecaux, one of the world's largest outdoor advertising companies, as well as one of the largest bike-share systems providers, signed a 10-year agreement with the City of Edinburgh, Scotland. JCDecaux reports a provision of the contract is to "consult with the city for the provision of... a city-wide bicycle-hire scheme."

images Mexico City: Armando Monroy / Cuartoscuro, Guadalajara: DK120, Tampa: Tampabay.com Dublin: Dublinbikes

Russell Meddin            bikesharephiladelphia.org

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