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 March 25 through March 31.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston Medical Center, and Hubway have launched an exciting new initiative called Prescribe-a-Bike. People who receive a Prescribe-a-Bike prescription are eligible for a $5 annual membership to the Hubway system and a free helmet. A report from London’s bike share system demonstrated a subsided program like Prescribe-a-Bike had an overall positive health impact. The goal of the program is to reach about 1,000 people in the area’s underserved communities.
“Prescribe-a-Bike makes the link between health and transportation, and ensures that more residents can access the Hubway bike share system.” -Mayor Marty Walsh
Cheers to Skills for Chicagoland’s President and CEO, Marie Trzupek Lynch, for her innovative “Optimum Employment” pilot program. This year Divvy and Gap will work to provide seasonal workers with longer employment periods. Because of bikeshare’s “counter-seasonal” employment cycle, Divvy and the Gap will share talent:
For eight months (March-October), candidates will be employed as Divvy rebalancers, supporting bicycle distribution throughout Chicago during the program’s peak months. Then, for four months (October-February), candidates will work as logistics associates at local stores, assisting with shipment, pricing, replenishment and selling during the peak holiday season.
According to the City of Chicago, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future will recruit and screen Cook County residents for the pilot program.
More DecoBike users will soon be rolling in the City of Miami. The 100 station, 1000 bike system in Miami Beach is expanding with the expected addition of 70 stations and 700 bikes across Biscayne Bay. Since launching in 2011, DecoBike has reported more than 3 million rides. The explosive growth of Downtown and Midtown Miami will likely ensure DecoBike’s continued prosperity as a private system. The new system in Miami will feature a brand new user interface at the kiosk and membership card access at each dock.
Justin Ginsburgh has left his position as General Manager of Bike Share NYC. While Alta Bicycle Share reports that Ginsburgh left for a position special advisor for construction management firm Lehrer LLC, his resignation came shortly after several waves of bad press for the Citi Bike system and it operator.
Following the success of Divvy’s Data Challenge, Bay Area Bike Share, has launched their own Challenge. While Hubway and Divvy have set a high bar, we’ll be interested to see what the Bay Area produces.
The District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation is urging visitors to find alternatives to driving during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Among other transportation options, Capital Bikeshare will be providing temporary bike corrals for their users near high traffic areas during the Festival. The cherry blossom festival runs March 29 through April 13.
Alta Bicycle Share is seeking qualified candidates for the Puget Sound Bike Share General Manager position.
Spring has sprung, and bike share accessories are making a splash this season. Check out BikeShare.com’s new acessory round-up post.