Bike Sharing

PBIC releases comprehensive report on Bike Share Programs

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and Toole Design Group have completed an independent, national study of current bike sharing programs in the United States. The study, 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.

Download the report now: Bike Sharing in The United States: State of the Practice and Guide to Implementation

What is Bike Sharing?

Bike sharing is an innovative transportation program, ideal for short distance point-to-point trips providing users the ability to pick up a bicycle at any self-serve bike-station and return it to any other bike station located within the system's service area. This study focuses on municipal bike-share systems, where local jurisdictions (including cities, counties, etc.) are engaged in the funding, managing, administering and/or permitting the bike-share program. In the context of this study, bike-sharing differs from traditional bicycle rental services in that it is typically used for short, spontaneous trips that are often combined with other transportation modes (e.g. transit).

Where do Bike Share Programs Exist?

City State Open Date Bikes Stations
Washington DC/Arlington County DC/VA 9/20/2010 1,525 179
Minneapolis/St. Paul MN 6/10/2021 1,200 145
Miami Beach FL 3/15/2011 1,000 105
Boston MA 7/28/2011 725 83
Denver CO 4/22/2010 510 53
Madison WI 5/22/2011 350 35
Broward County FL 12/14/2011 275 26
Boulder CO 5/20/2011 150 18
San Antonio TX 3/26/2011 230 23
Chicago IL 10/1/2021 100 10
Omaha NE 6/15/2011 35 5
Des Moines IA 9/8/2021 25 5
Spartanburg SC 7/7/2021 14 2
UC Irvine CA 9/1/2021 28 4
Washington State University - Pullman WA 9/1/10 80 9
Georgia Tech (Atlanta) GA 11/15/2011 35 5
Montevallo AL Fall 2012    
New York/Brooklyn NY Spring 2013 10,000 600
Chicago IL Spring 2013 5,000 500
Portland OR Spring 2013 750 74
San Francisco CA Fall 2012 500 50
Chatanooga TN 7/23/2012 300 30
Baltimore MD Fall 2012 300 30
Kansas City MO 7/6/12 200 20
San Jose CA Fall 2012 200 20
Fullerton CA   150 15
Palo Alto CA Fall 2012 100 10
Mountain View CA Fall 2012 100 10
Redwood city CA Fall 2012 100 10
Aspen CO Spring 2013 100 8
Oklahoma City OK 5/18/12 95 8
Houston TX 5/2/12 18 3
Charlotte NC 7/12/12 200 20
Long Beach NY 6/27/12 125 15
Anaheim CA 9/8/12 100 8
Los Angeles CA Fall 2012/Spring 2013 4,000 400
Long Beach CA   2,500 250
University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN 9/7/11 20 2
Louisville KY 2011 15 3
Tulsa OK August 2007 50 3
Wellesley College MA 9/12/2020 15 1

Bike Share Resources

Establishing a Bike Share Program: Feasibility Studies

Virginia Tech Capital Bikeshare Study
Suitability Study for a Bicycle Sharing Program in Sacramento, California
Feasibility Study for the Implementation of a Bike Share Service in Ottawa-Gatineau
Seattle Bicycle Share Feasibility Study
Philadelphia Bikeshare Concept Study

Research on Bike Sharing Programs

Federal Lands Report
Bikesharing in Europe, the Americas, and Asia Past, Present, and Future
Bike-sharing: History, Impacts, Models of Provision, and Future

Bike Share Program Websites

Paris’ Vélib’
Bixi Montreal
Nice Ride Minnesota
Boston’s Hubway
Bixi Toronto
Denver B-Cycle
Capital Bikeshare
Chicago B-Cycle
London Barclays Cycle Hire
Nashville Green Bikes
Deco Bike, Miami Beach
Madison B-Cycle
Broward County, Fla B-Cycle
Boulder B-Cycle
San Antonio B-Cycle
Omaha B-Cycle
Des Moines B-Cycle
Spartanburg, S.C. B-Cycle
U.C. Irvine Zot Wheels
Washington State University Green Bike
Georgia Tech Via Cycle
Vallo Cycle, Montevallo, Ala.
NYC Bike Share
San Francisco
Bike Chattanooga
Bike Share KC
Deco Bike, Long Beach, NY
Bike Nation USA
B-Cycle Louisville
Tulsa Townies
Wellesley College