Bikesharing is a sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation alternative that targets daily mobility by providing short-term bicycle rentals. Bikesharing programs allow users to access bicycles on an “as-needed” basis. Programs are commonly concentrated in urban settings and provide multiple bike station locations that enable users to pick up and return bicycles to different stations. They operate via unattended bike stations where bicycle reservations, pick-up, and drop-off are self-service. Bikesharing user fees typically cover bicycle purchase and maintenance costs, as well as storage and parking responsibilities (similar to carsharing or short-term auto use).

Having access to multiple bikesharing locations makes short distance travel within participating cities more convenient. Individuals who may not otherwise use bicycles (i.e., tourists or individuals who do not own a bicycle or have access to bicycle storage) are able to enjoy the benefits of cycling without the responsibility of ownership. By making large numbers of bicycles available for use at various locations, bikesharing may increase the number of individuals who use cycling to fulfill daily mobility needs. The ultimate goal of bikesharing is to expand and integrate cycling into transportation systems, so that it can more readily become a daily transportation mode.

The potential benefits of bikesharing include:

Increased mobility options;

Cost savings from modal shifts;

Lower implementation and operational costs (e.g., in contrast to shuttle

Reduced traffic congestion;

Reduced fuel use;

·     Increased use of public transit and alternative modes (e.g., rail, buses,
      taxis, carsharing, ridesharing, etc.);

Increased health benefits; and

Greater environmental awareness.

The potential social and environmental benefits of bikesharing have sparked interest worldwide.

As of May 2012, there were five continents operating approximately 184
      bikesharing programs in an estimated 204 cities around the world.*

As of May 2012, there were over 368,600 bicycles and over 13,600 bike
      stations available worldwide.

As of January 2012, there were nineteen bikesharing programs in North America
      operating with over 11,000 bicycles and over 1000 bicycle stations.*

As of January 2012, there were approximately 216,400 long-term and
      short-term bikesharing members in North America.

As of March 2011, there were over 35 additional bikesharing programs
      planned in 16 nations.

*The authors count one program for each system that spans multiple cities in one country.

Bikesharing as a Form of Public Transit: Business Models & Impacts in North America

APBP Webinar presented December 4th, 2013.

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Trends and Trajectory of Shared Mobility

Trends and Trajectory of Shared Mobility Presentation

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TRB2013_Public Bikesharing in North America_Early Operator and Emerging Trends

Presented at 2013 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting by Susan Shaheen, January 14, 2013.

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Public Bikesharing in North America: Early Operator and User Understanding presentation by Dr. Susan Shaheen at ITS Berkeley, October 19, 2012.

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