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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

U.S. bike-sharing fleet more than doubles in 2013 | BLOUIN BEAT


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New York City’s Citibike. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images/Stan Honda
The opening of the San Francisco Bay Area bike share on August 29, 2013, brings the combined fleet of shared bikes in the United States above 18,000, more than a doubling since the start of the year. The U.S. is now home to 34 modern bike-sharing programs that allow riders to make short trips on two wheels without having to own a bicycle. With a number of new programs in the works and planned expansions of existing programs, the U.S. fleet is set to double again by the end of 2014, at which point nearly 37,000 publicly shared bicycles will roll the streets.
U.S. Bike-Sharing Fleet, 2012-2014
The largest bike share in the U.S. is in New York City, where some 6,000 bicycles are available at 332 stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The program opened at the end of May 2013, and in less than 3 months hit 2 million trips. On busy days, each bike gets checked out seven times or more, a remarkably high borrowing rate. The city ultimately hopes to expand the program to other boroughs and grow to 10,000 bikes.

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