1 Reply Latest reply: Jun 16, 2014 2:06 PM by daniel.kriske RSS

    What are some strategies for implementing sustainable bike share systems?

    daniel.kriske C4D Connoisseur

      Hello Urban Transport Community of Practice,


      Under the helpful suggestion of Roberto Chavez, I've found some useful material on non-motorized transport through the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.  The organization has recently put out The Bike-Share Planning Guide that is bound to be of use to cities around the world exploring non-motorized transport options.


      The article detailing the release of the planning guide can be accessed here and also contains a well-done 7 minute video about the successes of popular bike share systems.  One of the most impressive statistics comes from Washington, D.C.'s Capital Bikeshare: the system was able to fully recover 120% of their operating costs through user fees.  Such financial sustainability surely points to the conclusion that this bike sharing model should be adapted in large cities the world over. 


      However, the video only explores systems in the US, France, China, and Mexico.  Is this bike sharing model of non-motorized transport practical worldwide?  Or does it have certain characteristics that only lend themselves to metropolises in developed Western countries and China?  Finally, if this bike share framework put forth by ITDP is practical worldwide, what special considerations must be made to ensure success in places such as sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and India?


      Any and all experience/input on the matter is greatly appreciated!



      Dan Kriske