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    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2013
     
    All about Bike Share: Questions, answers, comments, resources and information related to Bike Share.

    To start this off, I've linked to a story by Hanna Beausang in the SDSU Daily Aztec (22 July 2013).

    Bike share puts new spin on SD
    http://www.thedailyaztec.com/2013/07/bike-share-san-dieg
    • CommentAuthormfutch
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2013
     
    Good topic!
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2013
     
    One Bike Fits All: A Quick Review of Bike Share Bikes
    http://ladyfleur.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/one-bike-fits-all-a-quick-review-of-bike-share-bikes/
    @ladyfleur
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     
    Bringing Bike Share to Your Streets
    http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/site/index.php/site/EventRegistration-NoPay-Overview/4586/
    Conference Call | Date & Time: Wed, August 07, 2013, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Eastern)
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2013
     
    Bike Share is cheap. And it might get cheaper.
    http://bikeshare.com/news/bike-share-is-cheap-and-it-might-get-cheaper/
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2013
     
    • CommentAuthormfutch
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2013
     
    Maybe someone with more knowledge of Bike Share systems can answer this...So I know that part of the difficulty with bike share can be that there are definite directions that people want to travel during rush hours, which means that stations in one part of town are going to be full frequently and they will be scarce in another. Capital Bikeshare has vans that shuttle them back and forth to meet demand, but...couldn't rates be adjusted to do this? Or at least reduce the need for vans. If reverse commute rates were set lower (or even negative i.e. issue a credit), people would be incentivized to redistribute the bikes from full to empty stations. Just a thought.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2013 edited
     
    gottobike:I've linked to a story by Hanna Beausang in the SDSU Daily Aztec (22 July 2013).
    Bike share puts new spin on SD
    http://www.thedailyaztec.com/2013/07/bike-share-san-dieg


    "Bikes will be offered free for the first half hour or for $15 per day to members. The option to purchase a $20 monthly membership, or a $99 annual member pass will also be available, according to DecoBike. Non-members will have the ability to rent a bike for $4 for 30 minutes, or for $7 an hour."
    I am not sure those prices are conducive to frequent use: The bike share program in Oslo, Norway (which I have used) has only one pricing option - the annual pass is $18, for which you get free unlimited use (up to three hours at the time) for the year, compared to $99 for the annual pass in San Diego.

    I don't find the $7/hour or $15/day options that attractive, either. But maybe that's what the operator needs to pay the bills. One thing is for sure that the one thing a program like this needs to survive in the long terms is plenty of users.

    mfutch:Maybe someone with more knowledge of Bike Share systems can answer this...So I know that part of the difficulty with bike share can be that there are definite directions that people want to travel during rush hours, which means that stations in one part of town are going to be full frequently and they will be scarce in another. Capital Bikeshare has vans that shuttle them back and forth to meet demand, but...couldn't rates be adjusted to do this? Or at least reduce the need for vans. If reverse commute rates were set lower (or even negative i.e. issue a credit), people would be incentivized to redistribute the bikes from full to empty stations. Just a thought.
    Good "economist idea", but I am trying to figure out how this would work: Let's say you are at the Broadway Pier and have a lunch appointment in Little Italy. You want to use a bike share. Then you notice on your app that you will pay less (or even get a credit) by taking the bike to the corral at the Convention Center. Would you change your plans? My guess is "no".
    • CommentAuthormfutch
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2013
     
    Definitely the economist in me talking, but yeah, doubtful that people would change their plans to reshuffle bikes. I'm thinking more about either spur of the moment trips or lowering the cost for regular reverse commuters. Either way, if this is one of the problems you are trying to sort out, it means your bikeshare is working. I'm still slightly skeptical about how high usage will be in San Diego given the hills and weight of the bikes - most of the other cities with successful bikeshares are flatter and have citizens more accustomed to public transportation usage - but I'm hopeful.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2013 edited
     
    (Don't be fooled by the title -- it's meant to be humorous)

    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2013
     
    • CommentAuthormfutch
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2013
     
    • CommentAuthorsynthetic
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2013
     
    we need bike share at the airport. the locker program is stupid as they want check as deposit. Also there is no signage for the bus to downtown so I had to take damn cab
    • CommentAuthorStephan
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2013
     
    Check out the Deco Bikes website for suggesting station sites at www.decobikesandiego.com. Someone has already suggested sites at two airport terminals.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2013
     
    http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com/blog/2013/11/5/it-is-news-when-cyclists-die-news-when-they-dont.html

    When Citi Bike was introduced earlier this year it was widely speculated that that this bike share program would be a “Blood Bath,” putting inexperienced cyclists among New York’s crazy drivers.

    Now people are surprised it didn’t turn out that way, even though similar bike share programs introduced in other large cities around the world, didn’t see huge increases in cycling fatalities either.

    John Pucher, a professor of urban planning and public policy at Rutgers University and a so called cycling advocate, said last year that he expected, “At least a doubling and possibly even a tripling in injuries and fatalities among cyclists and pedestrians during the first year of the bike share program.” What a prick, strange thing for a cycling advocate to say.
  1.  
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    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2014
     
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    So not only is our city not subsidizing bike sharing, they are also asking DecoBike to pay them? No wonder San Diego will have the highest prices. I'm curious to know what the city plans to do with the money generated from bike sharing. I hope they reinvest it back into improving biking infrastructure.
    • CommentAuthorStephan
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2014
     
    deprotinator:So not only is our city not subsidizing bike sharing, they are also asking DecoBike to pay them? No wonder San Diego will have the highest prices. I'm curious to know what the city plans to do with the money generated from bike sharing. I hope they reinvest it back into improving biking infrastructure.


    My understanding is that any revenues will go back into the city's bike program..
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2014
     
    Hopefully the DecoBike SD program FINALLY gets installed / off the ground this summer / fall. The 'final final' map of stations is promised on the DecoBike website on August 2, 2014:

    http://www.decobike.com/sandiego/map-location

    (though the text used to say 'August 2' but now says "Final Map will be coming soon")
    • CommentAuthorsd_mike
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2014
     
    Los Angeles is doing things a bit differently. It seems that part of the monies coming from the new I-110 and I-10 toll lanes will be going to a bike-share program in downtown Los Angeles.
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2014
     
    the DTLA bike share has been delayed many years b/c of the funding sources / "billboard" ban laws / money sources ... the toll lanes angle i had not heard yet. do you have any recent 2014 LA bike share news articles?
    • CommentAuthorsd_mike
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2014
     
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2014
     
    (I'll believe it when I see it) but Todd Gloria just tweeted that the final final / really really for reals this time ...

    DECO Bike San Diego Launch will be October 30, 2014

    https://twitter.com/ToddGloria/status/494349549826506752

    @ollingers @savoryexposure @DecoBike Yes. My office was notified on 7/3/14 by @MJEMarketing that the launch date is now 10/30/14.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2014
     
    GM is setting up an e-bike share program for its Warren Technical Center to make it easier for its 19,000 employees to get around the 61 building, 330 acre campus.

    http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-general-motors-bicycle-sharing-20140826-story.html
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2014
     
    The full DecoBike San Diego station map has been released!

    Site installations throughout Sept / October, and then bikes loading in for October 30, 2014 launch!

    Map: http://www.decobike.com/sandiego/map-location (which may not load the javascript actual map depending on your web-browser). Full map PDF is here:

    http://www.decobike.com/sandiego/sdmap.pdf

    Press Release announcing it: http://twitdoc.com/view.asp?id=153104&sid=3A4W&ext=PDF&lcl=DecoBike-releases-map-091114.pdf&usr=ToddGloria&doc=239483580&key=key-Mv62zWXlnXkugBjbF0Uf

    Can't wait to try it out!
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2014
     
    I think this thread needs at least a main direct link to the mother of all USA bikeshares, CitiBike NYC: https://www.citibikenyc.com/ which I think is the only other one in the US besides DecoBike that is fully privately funded with no city / public money help. But that may change for CitiBike as the usage is off the charts with locals, and it is really seen as part of the public transportation system (of which, ever other type: subway, ferry, train, etc) ALL receive public subsidies.

    This is a great overall list of all the global bike shares as well:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bicycle_sharing_systems
    • CommentAuthorStephan
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2014
     
    First sign of a coming bike share station site at the 5th Ave. Trolley station downtown.

    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2014
     
    Awesome! We should see a quick ramp up in installations in the next few weeks!
    • CommentAuthormfutch
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2014
     
    Excited to see our city "begrimed"!
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2014 edited
     
    I am interested to see how the first 'core' stations do with tourists and annual (resident) members
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2014
     
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2014
     
    Also noteworth: Seattle's bike share starts next monday 10/13/2014!

    https://www.prontocycleshare.com/
    http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikeshare.htm

    @SDurban says "Seattle non-profit bike share will launch before San Diego's for-profit system, yet both got started in late 2012:"
    http://blogs.seattletimes.com/seattlesketcher/2014/10/03/countdown-to-bike-share/
    • CommentAuthorsynthetic
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2014
     
    bike share should be like this. the city or some bike shop buys 1000 or so $100 bikes on craigslist and leaves them lying around the city. free for anyone to use. bike shops pop up around to maintain these bikes or something. sometimes i felt amsterdam was like that as there were more bikes than people. come to think of it i dont remember seeing many bike repair shops. People had the sense to fix bikes themself
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2014
     
    12 days till the advertised 10/30/2014 @Decobike launch, and while there is spray-paint on the ground of some stations, I haven't seen ANY stations / hardware begin to be installed for the big rollout. Kind of dissapointed. Hopefully they can pull this thing off!

    When asked they said "doing a rolling launch so first stations will be placed in downtown first. Then the rest of the city."

    Hopefully on 10/30 there will be at least 2 stations downtown so you can rent one at the 1st station and ride it to the 2nd! I hope the company proves me wrong, but so far there has been radio silence on facebook, twitter, etc. Come on! If I was them, and 2 weeks from launch after 3-4 significant time delays, I'd be posting up a storm!

    http://i1052.photobucket.com/albums/s448/thuff19501/2014-10-17165215.jpg
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2014
     
    More details on the DecoBike bike share program from the 10/1/2014 Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting on their page:

    http://www.sandiego.gov/tsw/programs/bicycle/bac.shtml

    The audio recording is here: http://granicus.sandiego.gov/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=1eb736fa-5add-11e4-ad11-f04da2064c47 and the DecoBike share presentation begins at 40:03.
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2014
     
    Big news from New York City's CitiBikeNYC program today: New Firm and Management to Double the Size of the Nation’s Largest Bike Share System from 6,000 bikes to at Least 12,000 Bikes at 700 Stations (375 of which will be new) and in More Neighborhoods by 2017! Annual (30 minute use) membership going up from $95/year to $149/year. Definitely needed, given how many residents / non-tourists use it. The $95/year was a steal for the amount of use NYC was doing for those bikes.

    http://citibikeblog.tumblr.com/post/101182979267/expansion-woo-hoo

    http://a841-tfpweb.nyc.gov/dotpress/2014/10/citi-bike-program-in-new-york-city/

    http://i1052.photobucket.com/albums/s448/thuff19501/tumblr_inline_ne5t4ful9w1rzab29.jpg
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2014 edited
     
    Regarding DecoBike San Diego:

    https://www.facebook.com/DECOBIKE

    "Sneak peak behind the scenes at our warehouse where all the pieces are coming together to launch DecoBike San Diego! Installation and membership start this Monday November 3rd!!"

    Also "Planning to join DecoBike SD Bikeshare? First 1,500 members to sign up will get a free bike helmet! Check out our membership options online and stay tuned for our launch in the coming weeks!

    http://www.decobike.com/sandiego/pricing "

    (the first 1500 who sign up for the 'Standard' price get it at $99 instead of the standard $129). The first 1,500 overall to sign up for either membership (standard or deluxe) get the helmet.

    Pretty stoked for the deluxe membership, since the 60 min rental is key. 30 minutes is too short, yet that is what most of the nationwide rental periods are for ...
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2014
     
    T:Pretty stoked for the deluxe membership, since the 60 min rental is key. 30 minutes is too short, yet that is what most of the nationwide rental periods are for ...
    In Europe, those bike share systems that I am familiar with have a three hour limit - much more useful.
  3.  
    Fact Sigurd.
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2014
     
    Today was the 'big day' for SD DecoBike program. Registration is now open (I just registered) and the installations are going in right now:

    https://www.facebook.com/DECOBIKE/photos/a.167701883261338.38508.107171349314392/856925081005678/?type=1&relevant_count=1

    http://i1052.photobucket.com/albums/s448/thuff19501/10606622_856925081005678_8676113849112631163_n.jpg

    Installation has begun in downtown San Diego and our membership page is live!

    Sign up at https://decobikesandiego.net/Pages/Registration.aspx
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2014
     
    This is exciting news!
    Any idea when San Diego's Deco Bike Share will be available?
    My wife and I would really enjoy being able to use a Deco Bike to get from Downtown Union Station to the Copley Symphony Hall located 750 B Street 92101 for the 11/16 2:00PM matinee performance by French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2014
     
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2014
     
    as far as if you are going to be able to use it on Nov 16th for your matinee, probably not. I asked, and they said that the stations will be installed each day in the coming weeks, but that the bikes and renting of them won't be till the end of the month (understandably waiting till there is a large network of docks in place).
    • CommentAuthorsynthetic
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2014
     
    http://www.cbs8.com/story/27262716/bicycle-sharing-rolls-into-san-diego

    $15 a day!?

    chicago is just 7.

    and copying others with the 30 minute restation rule is lame. should be 1 hour. I was really hoping to use this to go to and from the airport. just something for the tourists and not locals
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2014
     
    synthetic:$15 a day!? chicago is just 7.
    Oslo, Norway: Flat rate of $15 per calendar year.
    • CommentAuthorStephan
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2014
     
    It's one of the few, if not the only, bikeshare system with no public subsidy. If you want it cheap, you gotta convince your city council to chip in with some public funds.
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2014
     
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2014
     
    Stephan:...the only, bikeshare system with no public subsidy.
    So - as a for profit only system, does that mean that the operator is free to shutter the system at any time if it deems the return on capital to be unsatisfactory, or for other reasons decides that he won't continue to operate in San Diego?

    It seems like there ought to be some kind of long term agreement, minimum capital requirement and other guarantees for the City to allow a private enterprise to provide a public service of this kind, that would protect the City and individual subscribers against a loss of service.
    • CommentAuthorStephan
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2014 edited
     
    It's a 10 year contract. You'll have to contact the City or SD or Deco Bike for the details.