The 2013 National Bike Summit brought the BikeShare.com team Washington, DC where we had the opportunity to talk bike share with some of the biggest figures within bike advocacy and the bike share industry. We asked them two questions: first, what is bike share to you? And, second, how can we make bike share better?
It appears that the common viewpoint is that bike share is public transit that should be designed to serve the entire population of a given community, and in order to make it better, programs must have large numbers of bikes and stations to sufficiently serve that population. So, if we define bike share as public transit–and it would be difficult to argue otherwise–should it be subsidized at the same level as bus and rail? And how can we be sure that all socio-economic classes of a given community are served through bike share?