Welcome to the Re-Dock — a weekly compendium of bike sharing news happening in places throughout the world. The Re-Dock stations you squarely in the industry news that you want to know. This issue of the Re-Dock covers bike sharing news from June 2 through June 8.
Forget key fobs and title sponsorships. First generation bike sharing systems are still going strong as viable options for some towns. The small, upper Midwest town of Aitken just got funding to launch and build infrastructure for a thirty-bike system.
Apsen’s bike sharing program, WE-cycle, launched on Thursday.
The days of flying down staircases on a new Divvy Bike are over. And they haven’t even started yet. Chicago’s bike sharing program launches this summer, and the city announced that it’s cracking down on reckless drivers and cyclists with increased fines.
The software that runs Denver’s bike kiosks caught a glitch that prevents daily and weekly members from using the system although yearly members have not been affected.
HOBOKEN, New Jersey
Residents can now register for membership to the pilot program. Non-residents with the idea to jump on one of Hoboken’s new share bikes during the pilot period better jump off that idea fast. Hoboken’s tourists looking for a bike share experience will be forced over to Manhattan instead to ride a Citi Bike. Could be worse.
LONDON, United Kingdom
Local leaders of Southwark, a district in central London, have decided to invest £15,000 ($23,337 US) for a study regarding a possible expansion of the local bike sharing system, Barclays Cycle Hire, into under-served areas of the district.
Residents in another part of the city, in contrast, halted the placement of a bike share station near the entrance to a park in their neighborhood.
LONG BEACH, California
Can someone tell us whether Bike Nation announced that its Long Beach program is launching soon?
Almost with out notice, Moscow launched its very own bike share program, called Velobike, early last week. It’ll be sponsored by Bank of Moscow.
NEW YORK CITY, New York
On Sunday, June 2, New York’s bike sharing program opened up for daily and weekly memberships after launching last week to annual members.
Alta sued its insurers for not paying full damages Alta claims its owed after Citi Bike equipment was damaged from flooding during Hurricane Sandy.
John Stewart and his Daily Show team take on Citi Bike.
And, finally, the perfect outfit to ride your Citi Bike in apparently costs $965.90—only the price of an annual Citi Bike membership for you and nine of your friends with enough left over to get a day pass for one more friend and a triple-scoop ice cream cone to treat yourself for being so generous.
The Washington Nationals apparently love bike share. Their giant bobble-head presidents took them out for another fun-filled race.
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