Monday, July 13, 2015

5 USA Bike Sharing Trends to Watch

1. P2P bike sharing reinvents itself Spinlister and Dutch company Vanmoof will partner together to manufacture handsome, high-quality bikes—set to roll out in Portland late this summer—with built-in technology like Bluetooth-enabled locks that are specifically designed for use in P2P networks. 2. The big get bigger The country’s biggest bike sharing systems, including Citi Bike in New York and Divvy in Chicago, have announced plans for major expansion.Chicago is growing its system to 476 stations and 4,760 bikes. 3. Look mom, no docks The industry has been closely following the progress of up-and-comer Social Bicycles. 4. Funding issues continue . Recently, transportation advocates have sought to push the message that bike sharing is transit, and deserves to be publicly subsidized just like trains, buses and any other form of public transportation. 5. Increased focus on equity Analysis of a recent member survey by Washington, DC’s Capital Bikeshare revealed that half of survey respondents reported an annual income of $100,000 or more. Read more here.

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