There are now more than 50 U.S. cities offering bike-share programs. According to Paul DeMaio, a transportation consultant and co-author of the Bike-Sharing Blog, the following are the nation’s 10 best and busiest bike-shares.
- Citi Bike, New York
This is considered as the most popular bike-share program. It will be adding 6000 Citi Bikes and hundreds of new stations by 2017.
- Capital Bikeshare, Washington, D.C. Region
Washington’s flat terrain and wide open greenspace makes it a natural place for a bike-sharing program. It has over 300 stations and more than 2,500 bicycles.
- Divvy, Chicago
This bike-sharing program started in 2013, operating even on the coldest days. It has 300 stations and 3,000 bikes.
- Austin B-Cycle, Texas
Austin has one of the biggest and most popular bike-sharing programs. It has a network of 24/7 on-demand bicycle stations.
- Nice Ride Minnesota, Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minn.
It is a non-profit organization that provides public sharing that provides public bike-sharing to the Twin Cities.
- Hubway, Boston Region
It was launched on July 28, 2011, with 600 bicycles and 60 stations throughout Boston. Its most popular station is on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus.
- Bay Area Bike Share, San Francisco Region
For serving five non-contiguous communities, it is regarded as one of the most ambitious regional systems in the country. The program is available for use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Denver B-Cycle
It is the Mile High City’s shared bicycle system. It was launched in 2010. Today, it has taken off in the city known for its active residents. It has 84 stations and 700 bikes.
- Charlotte B-Cycle, N.C.
It operates in more than 40 North and South American cities. It is one of the largest urban bike-sharing programs in the Southeast, with 24 stations and 200 blue bikes.
- Bike Chattanooga, Tenn.
It is considered as the largest bike-share system in the Southeast. It has 33 docking stations and 300 bicycles.
Louisville Bike-Sharing Program
Bike-sharing is finally coming to Louisville. Last year, a bike-share public meeting was held to let the public talk about the idea, discuss tentatively selected station locations and make suggestions for location. Today, Louisville is finalizing its bike-share business plan.
As soon as the Louisville Bike-Share Program is launched, you will be able to use hundreds of bicycles distributed around town and available 24/7 to commute, do errands, visit loved ones or just for fun. The program is expected to rollout by summertime and keep it rolling year-round. To gain access to the program, simply sign up for a monthly or annual membership.
As a Kentucky Bicycle Accident Attorney, I am excited for our own bike-sharing program. This will definitely help Kentucky residents to save time and money. If properly implemented, this program can definitely reduce traffic congestion and prevent road accidents. Above all, it will keep riders healthy and our environment protected.