Bike Sharing

Two people use Deco Bike Share bikes in Miami.PBIC releases comprehensive report on Bike Share Programs

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and Toole Design Group have completed an independent, national study of current bike sharing programs in the United States. The study, Bike Sharing in The United States: State of the Practice and Guide to Implementation, explores the evolution of bike sharing in the US, defines success factors, examines funding models, explains demographic and geographic trends affecting the implementation of programs, recommends a step-by-step approach for implementation in cities in the start-up phase, and discusses measures to increase demand and expansion of existing programs.

What is Bike Sharing?

Capital Bike Share riders ride through the nation's capital.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 other bike station located within the system's service area. Bike sharing takes several forms, but this site focuses on municipal bike-share systems, where local jurisdictions (including cities, counties, etc.) are engaged in the funding, managing, administering and/or permitting the bike-share program. In the context of this site, bike-sharing differs from traditional bicycle rental services in that it is typically used for short, spontaneous trips that are often combined with other transportation modes (e.g. transit).

Where do Bike Share Programs Exist?

View Bike Share Programs in a full screen map

Click here to see a list of Bike Share Program in the U.S.

Bike Share Resources

Establishing a Bike Share Program: Feasibility Studies

  • Virginia Tech Capital Bikeshare Study
  • Suitability Study for a Bicycle Sharing Program in Sacramento, California
  • Feasibility Study for the Implementation of a Bike Share Service in Ottawa-Gatineau
  • Seattle Bicycle Share Feasibility Study
  • Philadelphia Bikeshare Concept Study
  • Monterey County Bicycle Sharing Feasibility Study

  • Research on Bike Sharing Programs

  • Are Bikeshare Users Different from Regular Cyclists?
  • Federal Lands Report
  • Bikesharing in Europe, the Americas, and Asia Past, Present, and Future
  • Bike-sharing: History, Impacts, Models of Provision, and Future
  • Encouraging Equitable Access to Public Bikesharing Systems
  • Impact Evaluation of a Public Bicycle Share Program on Cycling: A Case Example of BIXI in Montreal, Quebec
  • Public Bikesharing in North America: Early Operator Understanding and Emerging Trends
  • An Analysis of Bike Sharing Usage: Explaining Trip Generation and Attraction from Observed Demand (TRB 2012)
  • Worldwide Bike Sharing
  • Much-anticipated marriage of cycling and transit, Transportation Research Record 2247, Dec. 2011
  • Station-Level Forecasting of Bike Sharing Ridership: Station Network Effects in Three U.S. Systems

  • Image from Nice Ride Minnesota of bike share riders traveling across a suspension bridge.News about Bike Share Programs

  • Atlantic Cities, Feb. 12, 2013: "If You Build Bikeshare, Riders Will Come"
  • Atlantic Cities, Feb. 8, 2013: " Four Quirky Ideas Revolutionize Bike Sharing"
  • Atlantic Cities, Oct. 3, 2012: "Bikeshare Stations Don't Have to Be Clunky"
  • DC Streetsblog, Feb. 11, 2013: "Chattanooga Bike Share: Lessons for Smaller Cities"
  • American Society of Landscape Architects, Jan. 23, 2013: "Bike Share Needs to be Part of Transit"
  • DC Streetsblog, Jan. 16, 2013: "Biking Uphill is Satisfying and Other Bicycle Research from TRB 2013"