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 April 29 through May 5.
The City of Chicago has accepted Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois’ $12.5 million bid for Divvy’s bike branding. The deal, for 5 years, allows for Blue Cross to advertise on the bike’s baskets and skirt guards, as well as the system’s redistribution vehicles. The City can still sell advertising on Divvy’s docks and kiosks.
In addition to this exciting sponsorship news, Divvy has also submitted 17 new station locations as part of the system’s 2014 expansion. This list includes a doubling of bikes in Hyde Park and Divvy’s first stations in South Shore.
Dallas City Council members are revisiting their 1996 helmet ordinance ahead of the City’s bike share launch. The current law requires anyone riding a bicycle to wear a helmet. While the council is expected to amend the mandate to only include bicyclists under 17, several council members would like to “re-examine the public health implications of repealing” the rarely enforced law.
Denver B-cycle’s 2013 Annual Report has been published. The system, which added 29 stations last year, will focus “on improving the system’s reliability” in 2014.
New York, NY
In the wake of Bixi’s bankrupty and Citi Bike’s multi-million dollar short-fall, Social Bicycles CEO, Ryan Rzepecki, has published an opinion piece in the WSJ addressing the “three major problems the bike share industry needs to address if it hopes to achieve long term sustainability: product, process and pricing.”
Alta, Citi Bike’s operator, is currently in “advanced talks” with REQX Ventures to invest in New York’s bike share program. REQX Ventures recently tried to buy Bixi, Citi Bike’s bike share equipment supplier, but their bid was declined because it didn’t meet the sale’s deposit requirement.
In other news from New York, a judge has ruled that a properly sited bike share station across the street from the Plaza hotel, on Fifth Avenue’s Grand Army Plaza, does not have to move. “It does not significantly affect the scale, visual prominence or visual context of these landmarks,” said Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Kern.
Last week Omaha’s B-cycle program added 3 stations to system, bringing the system to 57 bikes at 11 stations. The system launched in 2011, with a similar 3-station expansion last year.
CycleHop, LLC is the new owner and operator of the Ottawa bike share system. The company, which is the owner and operator of several US systems, has promised to double the 250-bike, 25-station program within the next few years.
The Bike Share Business Plan written for the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) by Fehr & Peers is now available. The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) approved nearly $4 million for a regional bike share system in December
San Diego, CA
Another delay has been announced in San Diego, where the bike share program is now set to launch in June of this year. DecoBike, which owns and operates Miami Beach’s bike share program, will provide similar services to the City, paying San Diego $7.2million to implement the system. A shared revenue agreement is in place.
San Francisco, CA
Bay Area Bike Share is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bike to Work Day with a $5 daily pass. As part of Bike to Work Day, groups will be riding in “commuter convoys,” from across the City, and meeting at City Hall at 9am.
Another delay has been announced for the launch of Vancouver’s bike share program, which is now set to launch in 2015. The City Council approved a five-year contract with Alta, “provided that Alta meets the sponsorship and lending agreement requirements” on July 23, 2013.