Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center releases comprehensive guide for implementing Bike Share programs

News Brief

Sept. 7, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, NC —Toole Design Group have released the results from their comprehensive 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” is designed to provide guidance on how to plan, implement and measure the success of bike share programs in communities of all sizes.

The Guide has been designed to serve as a resource for a broad audience, including transportation planning professionals, as well as public officials considering implementation of a bike share program.  The study focused on a wide range of municipal bike-share systems, where local jurisdictions (including cities, counties, etc.) have been engaged in the funding, managing, administering and/or permitting the bike-share program.

We are excited to make this Guide available, providing baseline documentation of existing bike sharing programs, and we hope interested communities of all sizes can use it to help with the planning, implementation and evaluation of bike share programs” said Charlie Zegeer, director of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

The Guide, which is based on an exhaustive analysis of twelve existing and planned bike share programs from across the U.S., explores the evolution of bike sharing in the U.S., defines success factors, describes the step by step approach to implementing a bike share program, documents existing costs, examines the different models of provision and funding, and describes metrics for monitoring and evaluating program success.

The 68-page Guide, prepared by Toole Design Group and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center through a cooperative agreement with Federal Highway Administration, is free to download and can be found at

For more information please contact James Gallagher, PBIC, at (919) 843-7007 or via email at