Encouragement: Bike Share Programs
Encouraging Equitable Access to Public Bikesharing Systems (USA)
18th Jan 2013
This paper, published in December 2012, provides an overview of the results of a survey of 20 current and planned North American bikesharing systems. The purpose of the survey was to collect basic information about the systems, and the current status and details about programs that attempt to lower access barriers to bikesharing experienced by low-income communities, and minority groups under-represented in bicycling.
Bike Share Program Update (International)
04th Oct 2012
This update on bike share schemes around the world was published online by the European Platform on Mobility Management (EPOMM) in October 2012. It provides a history of bike sharing and an overview of recent developments.
Barriers and facilitators to public bicycle scheme use: a qualitative approach (Australia)
03rd Oct 2012
This research report, published in Transportation Research - Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour in 2012 investigates the barriers and facilitators to using CityCycle, a public bicycle share scheme in Brisbane, Australia. Accessibility/spontaneity, safety and weather/topography emerged as key influences.
Bike Sharing: State of the Practice and Guide to Implementation Report (USA)
11th Sep 2012
In September 2012 the Federal Highway Administration published the results of an independent, national study of current bike sharing programs in the United States. Bike Sharing in The United States: State of the Practice and Guide to Implementation, explores the evolution of bike sharing in the US, defines success factors, examines funding models, explains demographic and geographic trends affecting the implementation of programs, recommends a step-by-step approach for implementation in cities in the start-up phase, and discusses measures to increase demand and expansion of existing programs.
Bicing Barcelona (EU)
20th Jul 2012
Barcelona's Bicing bike share scheme was launched in 2007 with 1,500 bicycles and 94 stations. By the end of 2011 the scheme had 6,000 bicycles, 420 stations and more than 120,000 users who took more than 14 million trips. This article, published in issue 21 of the magazine Mobility, provides an overview of the scheme and its operations.
Melbourne Bike Share (Australia)
07th Jun 2012
Melbourne's bike share scheme was introduced in 2010. In 2012 the scheme has 51 bike stations and 600 bikes situated around the Melbourne CBD.The aim of the scheme is to provide a Public Bicycle System for workers, commuters, residents, students, and visitors to inner Melbourne. The scheme is part of the Department of Transport’s focus on delivering transport improvements to Victoria.
Bike Share Programs and Resources (USA)
07th Jun 2012
This page on the Pedestrian and Bicycling Information Centre website contains information about the public share schemes in the USA. The page has links to feasibility studies, research papers, websites of US and international schemes.
Bike Sharing Blog (International)
24th May 2012
The Bike-sharing Blog provides information on the emerging public transport mode of bike-sharing. The Blog is provided by bike share consultants MetroBike, LLC, based in Washington DC, USA. The site includes links to tenders, feasibility studies and research as well as commentary about the performance and development of systems world wide.
Bike Sharing: State of the Practice and Guide to Implementation Webinar (USA)
22nd May 2012
This webinar, presented by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) in April 2012, shares highlights from a national study of bike share programs in large and small communities across the US. Since 2008, more than 20 jurisdictions have implemented bike sharing in their communities.
Bike Share Map (International)
08th May 2012
This online resource provides rich data about bike-share systems around the world. It inlcudes the bike share schemes in Melbourne and Brisbane. The site, created by Oliver O’Brien, a researcher at University College London, lets you compare bike-share usage from city to city and watch animations of usage across schemes.
Adelaide City Bikes â an alternative public bike model? (Australia)
10th Apr 2012
Adelaide City Council established Australia‘s first public bicycle hire scheme in 2005, with 70 bikes that could be hired from the office of BikeSA. The scheme has since grown steadily. In 2010-2011 the scheme involved 16,400 hires from seven nodes, using at least 150 bikes. This paper, published in 2012 in the Proceedings of the Fourth Australian Cycling Conference, reviews the scheme.
Hangzhou Public Bicycle: Understanding Early Adoption and Behavioral Response to Bikesharing (China)
01st Feb 2012
This research report was published in the journal Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board in December 2011. As of March 2011, Hangzhou Public Bicycle operated 60,600 bicycles with 2,416 fixed stations in eight core districts. The authors found that bikesharing was capturing modal share from bus transit, walking, autos, and taxis. Approximately 30% of members had incorporated bike-sharing into their most common commute.
Optimising Bike Sharing in European Cities (EU)
14th Nov 2011
The OBIS handbook presents interesting facts and figures from bike sharing schemes in ten European countries. Scheme characteristics such as technology, scheme size, service and design are described in connection with external factors of the cities. Finally the handbook gives comprehensive advice for all three stages in the lifetime of a BSS: Planning, Implementation, and Optimisation.
The health risks and benefits of cycling in urban environments compared with car use: health impact assessment study (EU)
15th Aug 2011
This research report, published in the British Medical Journal in June 2011, estimates the risks and benefits to health of travel by bicycle, using a bicycle sharing scheme, compared with travel by car in an urban environment. The study used the public bicycle sharing initiative, Bicing, in Barcelona, Spain as its setting. The study found that by using the bike share scheme, the annual number of deaths avoided was 12.28 and annual carbon dioxide emissions were reduced by an estimated 9 062 344 kg.
The Biggest, Baddest Bike-Share in the World: Hangzhou (China)
27th Jun 2011
Hangzhou's bike share scheme is incorporated into its public transport system. The scheme has 51,500 bicycles avaialable from 2050 service points and sees 240,000 trips on an avaerage day. This video from Street Films gives an overview of the scheme.
Characterizing the speed and paths of shared bicycles in Lyon (EU)
20th Dec 2010
Since its introduction in 2005, the French city of Lyon's bicycle share scheme Velo'v has kept track of the start and finishing location plus travel time of every journey. Researchers looked at 11.6 million bicycle trips in Lyon between May 2005 and December 2007 leading to the first robust characterisation of urban bikers' behaviors. The research, published in 2010, found that bicycles outpace cars in downtown Lyon. The data allows Velo'v fluxes to be mapped, pointing to interesting locations for bike paths.
Cargo Bike Library (Australia)
28th Oct 2010
The Cagro Bike Library, run by the Green Living Centre in the inner Sydney suburb of Newtown, contains a fleet of specialist cargo bikes and trailers to allow riders to carry things that might otherwise require a car - from shopping, to kids, household items and more. Anyone can become a member of the library for a small fee, items are available for up to three days loan, and the first three hours are free.
CycleCity Brisbane (Australia)
27th Oct 2010
CityCycle, Brisbane's public bike hire scheme, was launched in October 2010. CityCycle is designed to compliment Brisbane’s public transport network. The scheme provides courtesy helmets and has 146 stations located every 300 to 500 metres. It is run by Brisbane City Council.
Bike-Share Opportunities in New York City (USA)
23rd Sep 2010
The document, published by the New York Department of City Planning in 2009, analyses existing bike-share models and the potential for a New York City Bike-Share Program.
Rent a Bike Now (North America)
23rd Sep 2010
The Rent a Bike Now, website provides links to rental bikes available in 250 locations across the US and Canada. The service enables users to reserve bikes online in advance.
Green Bike Trust (New Zealand)
23rd Sep 2010
The New Zealand Green Bike Trust was formed in 2002 to provide a free bike program for local residents and visitors to the Porirua central business district. Unwanted bikes (300+) were donated by the public and collected from various refuse dumps throughout Wellington; then painted, serviced and made roadworthy by volunteers working out of the Trust’s workshop in Porirua.
Encouraging Community Cycling and Physical Activity: A User Survey of a Community Bicycle Loan Scheme (Australia)
21st Sep 2010
This research, published in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia in 2010, assessed the effectiveness of the Western Sydney bicycle loan scheme in encouraging physical activity and cycling. The research found that the scheme was effective at promoting a culture of cycling and that participants were riding regularly and achieving the weekly recommended levels of physical activity.