What makes some bike share systems succeed wildly while others fail? How to make sure a bike share system is a success is now documented in a handy how-to guide!
Bike-sharing is a model of cost-effectiveness both for users and cities. Using bike share to commute is cheaper than public transit for system members. It is also relatively inexpensive for a city to implement; a well-run system can actually be cash-positive instead of requiring large subsidies. The bottom line is bike share can often move more people at a lower cost and with many more positive benefits to health and environment than other modes.
The point is, (Toronto, are you listening?) you have to do it right. The ITDP has just released The Bike Share Planning Guide that looks at systems all over the world, and have figured it out. There are five elements that have to come together to make it work…
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