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 September 9 through September 15.
Capital Bikeshare continues to reach out into DC’s neighboring communities as Bethesda receives its first station.
Boulder B-cycle is recovering from the damage of the recent floods and offers a unique insight into the resilience of bike share in the face of natural disaster. Check out this photo and note that this station stayed on throughout the entire flood!
Building off the huge success of the #DivvyRed campaign, the Divvy team hosted a “Design-A-Divvy” contest. This is a great idea that engages the local community and promotes the local bike share program. Check out one of the entries here.
P.S If you have a penchant for movie making, Divvy is also hosting a bike safety video contest.
Since its inception in 2010, Denver Bike Sharing (aka Denver B-cycle) has been a 3-season system, shutting down for the winter months. This winter, that will change as the system remains open for the snowy months.
Last week, National University of Ireland, Galway launched a bike share program that uses smartbike technology like integrated locking and GPS software. The system will be operated by Grand Scheme Bike Share.
NEW YORK CITY, New York
Check out this video of BMX’er Tyrone Williams’ freestyle ride on a Citi Bike. We’re amazed that he can pull these tricks off with the 43 pound PBSC bike!
SAN FRANCISCO, California
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition issued a petition to expand the Bay Area Bike Share system to a 3,000 bike operation. They need 3,000 signatures by December and still have a long way to go. After the pilot program is completed after 3-6 months at the current level of 700 bikes, the system may expand to 1,000 bikes throughout the bay area pilot areas in San Francisco, San Jose, Redwood City, Mountain View, and Palo Alto.
In comparison, New York has about 6,000 bikeshare bikes with plans to expand to 10,000. Chicago currently clocks in at 3,000 with plans to expand to 4,000 in 2014.
Three condo developers agreed to help finance Bixi Toronto with a collective $1 million contribution in exchange for reductions in the number of parking stalls they would be required to build on their properties.