Welcome to The Re-Dock — a weekly compendium of bike sharing news happening in places throughout the world. The Re-Dock stations you squarely at the center of the industry news that you want to know. This issue of the Re-Dock covers bike sharing news from March 18 through March 24.
Long Beach, NY
The City of Long Beach, New York has officially announced bike share will be back, with new equipment from Social Bicycles. DecoBike had to abandon its operations in Long Beach following super storm Sandy’s destruction of the local boardwalk. The new SoBi system is expected to launch next year. In the meantime, Social Bicycles will work to implement a bicycle rental program that will include bike share demonstrations, outreach, and education this summer.
New York, NY
Spring might be sprung, but a snowball of problems is emerging for Citi Bike. On March 6, Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation said that Citi Bike faced “a number of financial and operational challenges.” The Wall Street Journal took a look into the bike share program’s financial issues– the system needs tens of millions. Three days later, the Daily News blasted Alta Bicycle Share in headline that announced “Citi Bike operators doing shabby job of maintaining bikes and docking stations.” Financial and operational challenges sounds polite compared to these revelations.
San Francisco, CA
Despite reassurances that PBSC’s bankruptcy wouldn’t affect existing US systems, Bay Area Bike Share, managed by Alta Bicycle Sharing, is rolling back on its expansion plans in San Francisco. Though the system was supposed to launch 1000 bikes, only 700 are currently in operation with bikes still not in substantial neighborhoods like the Mission, the Castro, Hayes Valley, and Mission Bay. Though the San Francisco County Transportation Authority just issued a “Strategic Analysis Report” recommending immediate and rapid expansion of the Bay Area Bike Share program, it seems like the earliest this could happen is this fall. The report also recommends “pursuing private-sector sponsorship opportunities” for expansion. Are we looking at an emerging Citi Bike story?
Bike share is coming to Topeka, Kansas! The Topeka Metro Transit Authority recently approved the purchase of 50 bikes from Social Bicycles. Topeka will focus on placing the bikes at four locations to complement the city’s existing transit system.