Showing posts with label The Bike-sharing Blog. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Bike-sharing Blog. Show all posts

Friday, August 24, 2012

Bike-sharing Creates Job

With the U.S. political conventions next month and Presidential election in November, there is much talk about the nation's economy and job creation. During this time of budget cuts to important Federal and state programs, it is important to consider how the bike-sharing industry is contributing to the local economy of the cities and towns where these services exist and the jobs they provide. In addition to being employment, these jobs are green, improving the local environment and air quality. Right from their start-up, bike-sharing services can contribute 10 - 20 jobs to the local economy for smaller implementations and 30 - 50 jobs for larger ones.

A sample of bike-sharing services in the U.S. and Europe shows the following full-time and part-time jobs created for the various services. (Click on the chart below to enlarge.)

Not only has bike-sharing become a job creator, but it has also helped people get to their jobs. With annual memberships between $50 - $80, people are getting to work fast, adding daily activity to their lives to stay fit, and saving money. In fact, survey analysis by Capital Bikeshare in the Washington, D.C. region, suggests that members saved $819 per year on personal travel costs which is an annual savings of $15 million among the service's 18,000 at the time of the survey.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mo' Incentives to Cycle

Bicycling is good for physical health, environmental health, and the alleviation of traffic congestion, so encouraging bikes use is an essential public priority. Design firm LUNAR Europe, Green City e.V., and the University of Wuppertal, all based in Germany, have partnered to develop mo’, which offers compensation for the use of bicycles and public transportation. mo’ subscribers use their smartcard to rent standard bikes, cargobikes, ebikes, and cars, as well as use public transportation. Subscribers collect mo’ miles by riding bicycles or “eco-friendly transport” and the more mo’ miles one has, the cheaper it is to rent a car.

Users are given a bike tag that tracks the miles ridden on their own bike, while the mo’ card used to access public transportation records the distance travelled on trains or busses. Thus, mo’ provides an array of bikes to be shared in their program, while also rewarding users for using these environmentally responsible methods of transportation. The purpose of this multifaceted approach to encouraging sustainable transportation is to give users every incentive to change their habits over the long term. The driving force of mo’s design team, Dirk Hessenbruch, claims “mo’ points out concrete, feasible alternatives that are based on people’s needs. mo’ means mobility for the city of tomorrow.”

What could be mo' better than that?

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p.s. - This is The Bike-sharing Blog's 300th post! We can't wait to see what the next 300 mo' posts will be about. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Bike-sharing Blog Survey

The Bike-sharing Blog is interested in better understanding our audience and what we can do to make the Blog even better for you. We have a short survey that will take two minutes to answer and we would appreciate your response.

Click here to take The Bike-sharing Blog survey.

Thank you from Paul, Russell, and Jesse at The Bike-sharing Blog.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Happy fourth birthday to The Bike-sharing Blog!

Where has all the time gone? The Bike-sharing Blog was born four years and 275 posts ago today. That’s sharing about 69 posts per year. Russell and I combined don’t even brush our teeth that often in a year.

As we enjoy the sugary icing of the Blog’s birthday cake, we thank you for your continued reading of our little Blog. And here’s to everyone who is making bike-sharing happen in their city or town, campus, park, or office park! We look forward to all the exciting developments on which we will be writing about in The Bike-sharing Blog’s fifth year.


Paul DeMaio and Russell Meddin, The Bike-sharing Blog co-authors

p.s. – Paul is the good-looking guy with curly hair on the left and Russell is debonair guy on the right. And no, we’re not wearing spandex.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Bike-sharing Blog's New Look

We're updating the design of The Bike-sharing Blog to make it look better and be easier to use. Let us know what you think!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday!

The Bike-sharing Blog turns 3 today. Happy Birthday to us!

It was just the other day when The Bike-sharing Blog was born, crying and hungry. Its first words were not "mama" and "dada", but rather, "bikebike" and "Copenhagen". Now The Bike-sharing Blog is in toddlerhood and running rampant around the house, getting into everything, and not always picking up after itself. At first there were just a few words in its vocabulary, like Bicing and Velib', but now there are nearly 200 systems all over the globe.

Thanks for reading and your support of The Bike-sharing Blog, making it the #1 website internationally for bike-sharing info -- yes, even more popular and much more accurate than Wikipedia! As the Blog is moving into its 4th year, Russell and I will continue posting news from around the world on what's going on, helping you advocate for bike-sharing in your city through info exchange. Continue to share what is going on in your part of the world, so we could post about it on The Bike-sharing Blog to share with others. As we all learn from the best practices of bike-sharing, so can we make our cities better, healthier, cleaner, and more liveable.

The first three years have been great and the next three should be even more fun.

Happy Birthday!

Paul DeMaio
MetroBike, LLC
Washington, DC, USA

Russell Meddin
Bike Share Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA, USA

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Wrap-up

2009 has been another stupendous year for bike-sharing! An unscientific count of the bike-sharing services listed on The Bike-sharing World Map, plus a few more from Spain where bike-sharing services seem to sprout like dandelions, puts the number at about 160 globally. This is up from 92 at the end of last year for an increase of 74% in the number of services worldwide. There are so many services out there now as compared to just two years ago that it has actually made it difficult to keep up with everything that is going on. This is a good thing. Go humans!

The planet and its people are ready for bike-sharing now more than ever before. With the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference earlier this month, international support at the highest levels of government was shown for improving how we treat the planet... however we have a long way to go.

Conference-goers and activists were representing their home countries in the city that brought the bike-sharing movement into the modern era with Copenhagen’s forward-thinking Bycyklen or “City Bike” service in 1995. If each conference attendee were to take the idea back with them to their home countries and cities, bike-sharing’s reach and its positive impacts would be even more powerful. Incrementally, countries could block the greenhouse gases being created by the encroachment of polluting modes of transportation on sustainable modes like walking and cycling, while making cities healthier and better places to live. Utopian? You betcha! If we have a key which is part of the overall solution, we should use it.

As we enter a new decade, The Bike-sharing Blog will be there to follow trends in this nascent industry. Thank you for continuing to make The Bike-sharing Blog the world’s #1 source of information on bike-sharing, public bikes, bicicletas públicas, fahrradverleih, or whatever it may be known as in your part of the world.

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2010.

Paul DeMaio
MetroBike, LLC