What is bike-sharing?
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) defines bike-sharing as, “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.” In Louisville, we have the so-called “B-Cycle.” It is a next-generation bike-sharing program that allows a person to get around a city or campus. At the moment, B-cycle is available only for Humana associates. To get started, Humana associates sign up on Humana Self-Service and then choose a bike from any B-station. Afterwards, they grab their bike, ride to their destination and return them to any B-station.
Bike-sharing programs are popular
Bike-sharing programs have been popular nationwide for years. Louisville does not was to be left behind. In fact, Rolf Eisinger, city bike and pedestrian coordinator, said that bike-share works in Louisville. Eisinger also said that he is working on a business plan to bring public bike-sharing to Louisville. Installment of bike-sharing stations throughout the city is anticipated by spring 2015.
- Bike-sharing programs in the U.S. boomed in 2013.
- New York and Chicago led with the most bike-sharing stations in the country - from 835 in 2012 to 1,925 in 2013.
- BikeShare.com listed 51 cities in the U.S. and Canada that had bike-sharing systems. There are also 29 more cities that are in the planning stages.
Remember your gear and traffic rules
Once bike-sharing becomes public in Louisville, remember to invest in the right gear. You will want to buy a proper bike helmet, front and rear lights, along with other safety equipment. Also, remember that bicycles are considered vehicles; therefore you must follow traffic rules.
As a Kentucky Bicycle Accident Attorney, I recognize the benefits of bike-sharing. It’s convenient, good for the environment and a healthy way to get around. It is also a fun way of getting around downtown, universities and even to workplaces. It has also been reported that bike-share programs have reduced rides' stress levels. It'll be interesting to see how this program goes here in Louisville.