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 February 18 through February 24.
Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor’s bike sharing program, “christened” ArborBike on February 5, is now in the process of final approvals for its May launch. The City of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan will share 14 stations and 125 bicycles.
Austin B-cycle, CapMetro, and Car2go, have announced a partnership with RideScout that will integrate Austin’s transportation options onto a single technology platform. In a well-timed launch, RideScout’s return to Austin (where it launched at SXSW last year) will see a significant boost in new users. Since SXSW serves as a national platform for showcasing innovation, we’ll likely hear a lot more about the app and shared-use mobility options throughout the media coverage of the festival.
New York City, NY
A savvy New York entrepreneur is hoping to capitalize on the thousands of PBSC bicycles operating world-wide. Jeff Guida’s ShareRoller, a portable, 7lbs electrical motor, can be attached to any PBSC bike, including those found in New York City, DC, San Francisco, and London. The ShareRoller provides power for 12 or 20 mile commutes depending on the battery, as well as a USB charging port for your cell phone. The product’s KickStarter launches this week.
While, Puget Sound Bike Share has said that Seattle’s program is on course to launch this August, the system’s operator, Alta Bike Share, is currently without bicycles to deploy. In Baltimore, another Alta-operated system set to launch this year, the Charm City system announced PBSC’s equipment would be replaced by Social Bicycles.
Hamilton, ON, CA
In a shrewd article, Justin Jones argues that bike share systems are not created equally. In his piece, Jones compares BIXI Toronto to Hamilton’s Social Bicycles system and explains how Hamilton’s startup costs and implementation plan will be the foundation for the program’s success.