What is Delaying the Launch of America's Largest Bike Share Systems?

Although for seemingly different reasons, Portland-based Alta Bicycle Share is at the center of delays in launching highly-anticipated bike share programs in both Chicago and New York.
August 9, 2012, 12pm PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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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."

Alta currently operates the Capital Bikeshare program in Washington D.C. and the Hubway in Boston.  

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Published on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 in Chicago Sun-Times
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