Bike share programs can provide safe and convenient access to bicycles for short trips, such as running errands during lunch, and transit-work trips. The international community has experimented with bike share programs for nearly 40 years. Until recently, bike share programs worldwide have experienced low to moderate success; in the last 5 years, innovations in technology have given rise to a new (third) generation of technology-driven bike share programs These new bike share programs can dramatically increase the visibility of cycling and lower barriers to use by requiring only that the user have a desire to bike and a credit card or phone.
Alta's "Bike Sharing/Public Bikes: A Summary of Programs, Vendors and Technologies
" details bike share systems, compares methods, and examines the elements of successful programs worldwide.Download: