The company behind much of Citi Bike’s hardware and software has a new owner.
Barclays is ending its sponsorship of London's bike share program, commonly known as "Boris Bikes" after the London mayor, Boris Johnson, who launched the program. The bank announced its decision in a statement released Wednesday afternoon, London time
Citi Bike will not be growing any time soon. Six months after the launch of the popular bike sharing program, the New York City Department of Transportation isn't saying when a promised expansion into parts of Brooklyn and Queens will happen.
As New Yorkers get used to blue Citibikes and their docks and kiosks on streets in parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, Hoboken residents across the Hudson are experimenting with a wildly different model for how to share bikes.
With Capital Bikeshare a month away from expanding into Maryland, county leaders are still trying to ready roads for an expected increase in bicyclists.
After Capital Bikeshare employees complained about unfair wage practices, the Department of Labor opened an investigation into Alta Bicycle Share -- the company operating bike share systems in New York, D.C., and Boston.
When New York's MTA closes the three northernmost stations on the G line later this summer, riders may have commuting options beyond shuttle buses: the transit agency is in talks with Citi Bike about the expansion of the city's bike share system to the affected areas.
Bike sharing is coming to San Francisco and Silicon Valley this August. It’s being launched on a small scale at first -- just 750 bikes in the whole system. But the city is turning to the public to help them plan the system's expansion.
To be sure, our analysis isn't perfect. But by scraping station data, the WNYC Data News Team found that, in the last week, an average of 35 stations -- ten percent of the program's 330 stations -- had no activity for four or more hours during the day, indicating no bikes were checked out or returned.
Capital Bikeshare has been a huge hit for commuters and cyclists in D.C., Arlington and Alexandria, but up until now, the Maryland suburbs have largely been left out of the popular bike-sharing program.
By this summer, that will change.
Four days into its operation, New York City's Citi Bike has more members than Capital Bikeshare, which has been in operation for two years, and until this week, was the largest bike sharing program in the country. That distinction now belongs to NYC. Despite software problems, protests, and glitches -- some of them well-publicized, Citi Bike's membership has been rising at a clip of about 2,000 members a day.
A new report on D.C.'s bike share system -- currently the largest in the country (at least until Memorial Day) -- teases out some user statistics in a some just-released data. Users patronize businesses near bike share stations, they save $16 a week in travel costs, and they are, on average, "considerably younger, more likely to be male, Caucasian, and highly educated, and slightly less affluent" compared to all commuters in the D.C. region.
UPDATE 6:05 p.m. ET: Instead of a bike rack, a massive barricade of rock now sits in front of a tony apartment building in the West Village--a building that filed the first lawsuit against NYC's new bike share program. But it's not clear who put the rock there or why.
North America is seeing a boom in bike sharing program launches. The number of cities planning to add bicycles as public transportation on the continent is expected to jump by 50 percent this year, bringing the total number to 53.
Orlando's transportation planning agency says the city could see a bike sharing system up and running by next spring, in time for Central Florida's SunRail commuter train, a program we reported on last fall. On Wednesday Metroplan Orlando's bike share working group got a look at bikes produced by one of the companies angling for a toe hold in Central Florida.
Signs of the largest bike share program in the United States are starting to appear. New York City has installed the first of 600 bicycle docking stations, which will house 10,000 bikes in much of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. The first wave, launching in May, will have about 5,500 bikes and 300 docks.