Welcome to the Re-Dock — a weekly compendium of bike sharing news happening in places throughout the world. The Re-Dock stations you squarely at the center of the industry news that you want to know. This issue of the Re-Dock covers bike sharing news from August 26 through September 1st.
Does your Mr/Ms Right need to know how to ride a bike? If he or she does, Divvy has got the first step of finding your dream mate covered. The program has launched cross-promotion with Project Fixup that offers a Divvy blind-date. Between Divvy Red and this, the Divvy marketing team clearly knows what’s up.
While it’s not your traditional “bike share,” 100 students at the University of Dayton in Ohio received free bicycles in exchange for promising to not bring their cars to the campus for two years.
Bike Nation and OCTA announce “BikeLink” which will launch in October. Purchase your membership here to enter to win an iPad Mini or a Giro Reverb Helmet. Check out the station sites here, which connect CSU Fullerton to the Downtown area, as well as the Metrolink/Amtrak station.
P.S. Did anyone else notice that Bike Nation has gone from three stations to one station in Anaheim?
Vélib’ began advertising its “Mobility Week” where Parisians can track their miles ridden and enter to win a trip to Croatia! Check out the ad here, and if you’re stateside, check out this similar contest, the National Bike Challenge.
San Francisco, California
Bay Area Bike Share launched with approximately 700 bikes spread across five cities on Thursday. Bikeshare.com’s Matt Christensen, who was present for the launch, reports that the system had the expected handful of station glitches and rebalancing issues, but seems to be functioning well.
Dr. Susan Shaheen, UC Berkeley adjunct professor, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center, and one of North America’s most prolific bike share academics talks about Bay Area Bike Share. Be sure that you don’t miss her and the rest of the bike share industry at the Shared-Use Mobility Summit on October 10 and 11 in San Francisco.
With Seattle poised to get their own bike share system, an extremely peculiar bike share sighting occurred over the weekend–a Capital Bikeshare bike somehow journeyed all the way from Washington, D.C to Seattle! Tracy Clayton, a D.C based photographer, posted the photo to his Instagram account with the quote “D.C. hide yo kids, hide yo bikes…Someone has rode a Capital Bikeshare all the way to Seattle”
It’s suspected that Alta loaned the bike to the local DOT for a test drive, but this has yet to be confirmed.