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 4 through March 10.
Graduate students at Virginia Tech’s Urban and Regional Planning program and the Mobility Lab have found that Capital Bikeshare is making a significant impact on its local economy.
- 73% of CaBi riders said that they chose bikeshare as their mode of transportation because it was the fastest way to get to their destination
- 66% of riders surveyed said they were using bikeshare to get to a location where they planned on spending money
- Most users planned to spend $10-$49 at their destination, but 30% were going to spend over $50
- One in six respondents said they wouldn’t have made their trip at all if their destination hadn’t been near a CaBi kiosk
The Novare Group, real estate development and investment company based in Atlanta, has partnered with Zagster to provide small bike-share systems for its SkyHouse apartment communities in Atlanta and Orlando. In both cities, 4 bikes will be available to use with a one-time $20 membership fee.
Lock8 has announced that they will be offering bulk packages for “universities, employers, cities, and even a group of friends [to] easily set up bike sharing and renting schemes.” Discounts will be available in May for November orders. Currently, one Lock8 unit retails for $249.00.
Bike share is coming to Apples new headquarters. At least 1000 bikes are planned to be available for employee-use on the 176 acre “spaceship” campus.
The Dallas Park and Recreation Board has allocated $125,000 for 2 stations and 15-20 bikes to be launched this summer in Dallas’ Fair Park. Final approval from the Dallas Landmark Commission and the City Council are still necessary but the city plans to have the program in place by the end of May.
Midwest BikeShare Inc. is working with three suburban communities outside of Milwaukee to expand its bike share program. While the first phase of the system is set to launch this year in Milwaukee, Shorewood, Wauwatosa, and West Allis could join the growing program with funds from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. WDOT could provide up to $500,000 to each city if they are able to secure $100,000 in matching funds.
Citi Bike, with more than 6.7 million trips and 98,000 annual members, is not yet profitable. NYC Bike Share and the City’s Department of Transportation are in talks that could increase the cost of use. As the Gothamist points out, in a November survey, 91% of users polled said they would support public funds to expand the program. This may be another option on the table.
New York City, NY
A report from NYU Wagner’s Rudin Center for Transportation and Policy Management says that Citi Bike has “become an integral part of New York City’s transportation network.” While the same can be said for other bike share systems in the US, Citi Bike’s integration is arguably the best in the nation.