Do you want to ride a bicycle? Bike share programs could be the answer.
Moving from street to street in style riding a bicycle, without getting
stuck in the back up of urban traffic – ah, that’s the life.
Bike shares allow members to borrow a bike, then return it.
In an urban center, walking and biking just makes sense. The streets may
be small and crowded, the traffic annoying, and the parking hard to find.
With a bike share, you avoid the urban traffic malaise and move around
the city quickly and easily.
North America, bike sharing is growing.
New York City will launch
Citi bike in May 2013: this bike sharing program will consist of 600 stations with
10,000 bikes in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. A feasibility study is
underway in for a bike share program in downtown
Detroit, and Wayne State University is looking for public input on the Detroit
Bicycle Sharing website.
Bike sharing has been popular in
Europe for some time, but in North America bikes have been considered to be the
realm of tough commuters, wiry recreational riders, or flowery-skirted,
bike-riding hippies. In Europe, where bike sharing is much more common,
the bike has simply won out as a convenient mode of transportation. It’s
not uncommon to see women riding bikes in full dress attire, heading off
to a business meeting.
Bike shares are a celebration of the convenience of the bike. They bring
bikes into urban areas allowing users to get around with a minimum of
effort and zero emissions while helping to reduce climate change.
What will 2013 bring in the bike sharing realm? Here are some trends to
watch this year:
Setting up a bike sharing system can be expensive, and maintaining those
fleets of bikes can be pricey too. While bike sharing is good for communities
and the environment, those financial costs can hurt.
weBike has created a stationless bike share model that allows users to text to
get the lock combination for a particular bike. Every bike is numbered.
This model works with existing bike shares as well, removing the need
to create a lot of bike sharing infrastructure.
China is leading the way with bike-sharing systems that draw in other users as well.
In Hangzhou, they’re installing ATMs at bike sharing stations. The stations
also double as bus shelters and electric bike charging stations. The more
users, the better the PR. At least that appears to be the case: Hangzhou’s
bike share system now boasts an impressive 50,000 bikes, and on an average
day, people make 240,000 trips.
Need a bike? Take a bike! Capitol Ride Bike Share.Most bike sharing endeavors
rely on an organization to do the work of setting up the bike share. This
might be a public service or a non-profit, but the work these organizations
put in is enormous. But how about a bike sharing service for places where
there is no bike share? The
peer-to-peer sharing economy is on the rise, and with it come new models for bike sharing. In 2012,
the peer-to-peer bike listing service Liquid launched in NYC and San Francisco,
and 2013 sees goVelo, an emerging app for peer-to-peer bike sharing. Obviously,
these bikes aren’t available on a moment’s notice, but they
might be good for those who are visiting a city or those who need a bike
for a wee bit longer than an hour or two.
SoBi is a
social bicycle app that’s in development, helping bikers live app-ily ever after. It
will allow users to find a bike when they’d like a ride. SoBi is creating
GPS-enabled bikes so prospective riders can find that bicycle that’s just around the corner.
Bike sharing is a trend to watch (and ride). Since 2007,
global bike sharing programs have multiplied, and as of December 2012 there were nearly 500 bike sharing
programs in the world. Some are big, some are tiny, and all have intriguing
differences that make them specific to their city and their culture. As
these sharing programs grow, the innovations that emerge can make sharing
easier and less expensive, encouraging people to hop on a bike to get
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