Bike Sharing in the United States – A Guide


The Tool Design Group and Pedestrian Information Center have prepared a guide on the practice and implementation of bike sharing in the United States for the U.S Department of Transportation.

Bike sharing is an innovative transportation program, ideal for short distance point-to-point trips providing users the ability to pick up a bicycle at any self-serve bike station and return it to any bike station located within the system’s service area.

The guide suggests that planning  for any bike sharing program should conduct a feasibility study,evaluation of integration with available public transportation, secure funding, procure equipments and consider infrastructure improvements. The implementation phase should include selection of service hours and seasonal availability, program marketing and sustainability, safety and livability, bicycle redistribution theft and vandalism. The program evaluation phase should include program sustainability, integration with transit network, bicycling visibility, healthy living, accessibility, data analysis.

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