2013: A Banner Year for Bike Share

No less than eighteen U.S. cities are expected to launch bike-share systems this year, a fifty percent increase over the number currently in operation. An infographic from bike sharing consultancy BikeShare.com details the new programs.

You've likely heard about the bike share systems due to launch in America's three largest cities this year: New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. But are you aware of the small- and medium-sized cities hopping on the bike share bandwagon? Cities like Fullerton, California, Columbus, Ohio, and Aspen, Colorado are joining a dozen other cities in launching bike share systems this year, and a helpful infographic [PDF] from BikeShare.com details each program, including number of bikes and stations. 

BikeShare.com also gathers information on each of the program operators. According to Matt Christensen, "Bike Nation has its work cut out for itself as it starts three large-scale programs in southern California, bringing their total operations to four programs. And they’re expected to launch each of them this spring."

"Of the sixteen programs on the map, Alta Bicycle Share is expected to launch five and B-cycle is supplying the equipment for four and operating one program. Four other programs will be operated by local non-profits–SLC Bike ShareClean Energy Coalition, Bike Share of Austin, and We-Cycle–while CycleHop will be operating one program, and DecoBike will be trying its hand on the west coast for the first time in San Diego."

"The handful of cities slated for launch in 2014 include Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Portland, and Seattle, while Ann Arbor is likely to join them, however, it has not been made official," adds Christensen.

Full Story: Bike share booms in North America

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