Portland’s system will use “smart bikes,” like this one, which don’t have to be docked at fixed station locations. Photo via NYC Bike Blog

Finally ‘User Friendly’ BikeShare

Background Reading Portland’s Bike-Share System Will Be an Interesting One to Watch | (PDF) What’s the point of bike share? This survey explains it well (PDF) Summary TakeAways Because the Portland Bikeshare is set to use ‘smart bike‘ it will go […]

According to officials, an agreement with a Chicago real estate developer marks the first private purchase of a Divvy station since the bike-sharing program was launched in mid-2013. (Anthony Souffle / Chicago Tribune)

This Is How Divvy Gains Traction

Background Reading South Loop developer buys Divvy station for its residents – Chicago Tribune (PDF) Summary TakeAways BikeShare systems like Divvy are the ‘canary in the mine shaft‘ for Urban Cycling Movement. If you cannot get ‘last mile‘ riders exiting or […]

The Divvy Trio of Daley Plaza

Smoke and Mirrors To Keep The Canary Seemingly Alive

Background Reading Bike Share’s Rough Ride – The New York Times (PDF) Bike-Sharing Firm Bixi Files for Bankruptcy | (PDF) Despite the Day Pass Hike, Divvy Is Already Making Money, Not Losing It | Streetsblog Chicago (PDF) Divvy to hike daily bike […]

Chanda Blackamore, 19, of Bronzeville, pulls Divvy bikes from an overcrowded station near 1586 N. Damen Ave. (Lenny Gilmore/Redeye / August 26, 2014)

The Answer To ‘Urban Cycling’s Ills’ Is BikeShare

Background Reading White Folks Learning To ‘Shuck and Jive’ (BeezodogsPlace) To Ensure BikeShare Success… (BeezodogsPlace) Bicycle Parking Is A ‘Two-Edged Sword’ (BeezodogsPlace) The Bicycle Parking ‘FusterCluck’ (BeezodogsPlace) Whenever You Hear A ‘Nutjob’ Railing Against ‘Auto Parking’… (BeezodogsPlace) Summary TakeAways You can tell it is not […]

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Pope of Church of Urban Cycling Administers ‘Last Rites’ to BikeShare

Background Reading – Bicycle Culture by Design: Watching Copenhagen Bike Share Die (PDF) Summary The Pope of Cycling Offers A Eulogy The news today out of Copenhagen is about the imminent failure of the city’s new bike share system. Copenhageners […]

Antiquated Green Hierarchy

A More Socially Responsible and Sustainable Transportation Hierarchy

Background Reading Advocates mount effort to keep transportation hierarchy in city policy – (PDF) Summary TakeAways The Urban Cycling Movement is out of step with its own goals. As dollars for transportation shrink the importance of sustainable transportation options increases. […]

Capital Bikeshare struggles to draw low-income users, despite outreach efforts, station siting in low-income areas, subsidies, and efforts to include people without bank accounts. Photo: DDOT, via ITDP

How to Make Shared-Vehicle Services Accessible to People of All Incomes

Monday, December 8, 2014 by Tanya Snyder Source: StreetBlog Washington’s Capital Bikeshare is one of the biggest and most well-established bike-share systems in the nation. Its annual fee of just $75 buys you unlimited free half-hour trips. The system now […]

Orcutt says bike-share systems need to take advantage of a strong network of on-street bike infrastructure to be truly successful. Graphic: NYC DOT

Why Aren’t American Bike-Share Systems Living Up to Their Potential?

by Angie Schmitt Monday, November 24, 2014 Source: StreetsBlog As policy director at the New York City Department of Transportation from 2007 to June, 2014, Jon Orcutt shepherded the nation’s largest bike-share system through the earliest stages of planning, a wide-ranging […]

Photo via Flickr/Daniel X. O'Neil

Will BikeShare Riders Get ‘Tossed Under The Bus’?

Background Reading Have you had any interactions with unsafe Divvy riders? Posted by John Greenfield on September 23, 2014 at 10:50am At a recent Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council meeting, someone said they felt Divvy riders are less likely to be […]

Two women ride Sevici bike-share along the Guadalquivir river in Seville, Spain.

How Divvy Stacks Up Against Bike-Share in the Netherlands and Spain

by Steven Vance Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Source: StreetsBlog Last month, I had the chance to use bike-share systems in two Dutch cities and Seville, Spain. The systems – OV-fiets in Rotterdam and Nijmegen and Sevici in Seville – differ from one another and from Chicago’s Divvy […]