What is Delaying the Launch of America's Largest Bike Share Systems?
The past few weeks of news have not been kind to Alta Bicycle Share, the Portland-based company responsible for building and operating new city-wide bike share systems in New York and Chicago. First came news that New York's Citi Bike system, scheduled to launch in July of this year, would be delayed indefinitely due to unexplained software problems.
This week brought news that Alta's bike share program for Chicago, which was supposed to offer 3,000 bikes for rental this summer at 300 stations throughout the city, has been put off until next spring, reports Fran Spielman.
Chicago's delay - attributed to planning hurdles - "comes as Inspector General Joe Ferguson continues to investigate a rival bidder's claim that the bid process was greased for Alta Bicycle Share, an Oregon company that once hired Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein as a consultant."