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Top Five Components of a Successful Bike Share System

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Target planning metrics needed to support a successful bike share system



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In December 2013, the ITDP released the Bike Share Planning Guide.  This guide cover the steps in developing a feasibility study, business model, installation and operational program for a bike share system.   The 152 page looks at the history of bike share and compares the design and performance of systems around the world.

ITDP distilled the information into five critical components for success:

(1) Station density: 10-16 stations for every square kilometer with approximately 300 meters between stations.

(2) Bikes per resident: 10-30 bikes for every 1000 residents

(3) Coverage area: at least 10 square kilometers

(4) Quality Bicycles: durable and practical design with special attention to theft and resale deterrence

(5) Easy-to-use stations: easy payment and tracking (no one wants to plan for a bike yet find none available).

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Each [of the 600 cities with bike share] has made bike-share its own, adapting it to the local context, including the city’s density, topography, weather, infrastructure, and culture

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