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Bike Share - A Global Revolution

Created by Cholpon Ibraimova
June 6, 2011 | 12:30 PM | MC6-720

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Alison Cohen, the entrepreneur who led the launches of DC's own Capital Bikeshare, Boston's Hubway, and much of NYC's Citi Bike launch, was discussing the global revolution in bike sharing.

She discussed why mayors all over the world are implementing these environmentally friendly and heart healthy systems, challenges that she has seen in these US launches, and unique challenges to introducing bike share in developing countries, based on recent experiences in Brazil and Ecuador as a consultant for the World Bank. 


Alison Cohen is the Director of Bike Share Services for Toole Design Group. With 15 years of varied business and non-profit experience, including over 5 in the emerging industry of bike share, she has arguably the most broad and deep experience in bike sharing in the United States and globally. Until recently, she was President of Alta Bicycle Share, where she led the procurement, negotiations, sponsorship and launch phases of Melbourne Bike Share in Australia, Capital Bikeshare in Washington DC, Hubway in Boston and New York’s Citi Bike. She has also consulted with several cities in the US and internationally, including in China, Brazil and Ecuador, to advise on feasibility, create business models and governance structures for the different
issues faced by different municipalities.

Prior to her career in bike sharing, she has an undergraduate degree in Physics, a masters degree from MIT, played professional tennis and was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs.


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