The year of the snake? Nope. It’s the year of the bike share.
In 2013, North America will likely see the addition of eighteen new bike share programs, growing approximately 50 percent from 2012. This will bump the total number of bike share programs on the continent to 53. Click the map to the right to see a full-sized PDF version.
Bike Nation has its work cut out for itself as it starts three large-scale programs in southern California, bringing their total operations to four programs. And they’re expected to launch each of them this spring.
Of the sixteen programs on the map, Alta Bicycle Share is expected to launch five and B-cycle is supplying the equipment for four and operating one program. Four other programs will be operated by local non-profits–SLC Bike Share, Clean Energy Coalition, Bike Share of Austin, and We-Cycle–while CycleHop will be operating one program, and DecoBike will be trying its hand on the west coast for the first time in San Diego.
The handful of cities slated for launch in 2014 include Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Portland, and Seattle, while Ann Arbor is likely to join them, however, it has not been made official. There is also speculation that Vancouver will push their launch to 2014 as the city’s helmet law proves to be a barrier to its launch.
Other cities of note include Baltimore, which is making a significant push for bike share, Orlando, and Miami, which will be getting 50 stations and 500 bikes as part of an expansion of the DecoBike Miami Beach program.