Bike sharing is an innovative approach to urban mobility. Combining the convenience and flexibility of a private vehicle with the accessibility and reliability of public mass transit. Public bicycles are available on demand- fast and easy access for any trip around the city without the hassles presented by parking a private car or waiting on a transit timetable. When used in combination with other transportation systems, a shared bike program can reduce the travel time between transit stop and office and easily overcome the distance between residence and shopping center. The flexibility and freedom presented by a public bicycle program are perfectly suited for modern urban commutes.
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How Alta Bicycle Share can assist Bike Sharing Programs:
- Develop request for proposals (RFPs) based on our knowledge of what makes a successful bike sharing program
- Discuss strategies to alleviate liability concerns
- Assist with developing advertising incentives that adhere to local regulations and aesthetic concerns
- Strategize sustainable funding and implementation that do not require advertising dollars for markets with lower advertising desirability
- Assessing/selecting best locations for bike sharing stations
- City specific economic analysis of a bike sharing program
- Assistance with city permit processes
- Designing a city specific bike sharing program
- Promoting a new or existing bike sharing program
Public bicycle programs have gained momentum all over Europe with new networks of rental systems rolling out constantly. Ninety-plus cities around the world already take advantage of some form of shared bike infrastructure, everywhere from Europe to Australia to Asia. Italy, France, Germany and Spain have all enjoyed the success and popularity of a public bicycle rental system and the United Kingdom and United States are next with a dozen major cities planning to implement bicycle systems in the coming years. Sophisticated tracking and transaction technology has contributed to the public appeal of these programs by allowing users to see the availability of bicycles and parking stations live through internet and mobile devices, a level of accessibility on par with and sometimes surpassing transit and traditional vehicle parking systems. In most cases this technology and infrastructure can be quickly and easily introduced into any city.