The past few years have seen dramatic changes in the U.S. bike share industry. Over 40 U.S. cities now have bike share systems and bike share users have taken over 36 million trips since 2010 — with 17 million trips in 2014 alone. Corporate shake-ups have led to the introduction of new companies and new operators. New equipment providers and 2.0 versions of original equipment are changing how bike share systems look and function. As initial funding runs out and systems everywhere look to expand, cities and operators are looking to new business models to pay for equipment and operations.
This panel brings together operators and policy makers to discuss the future of bike share in the U.S. How will new funding options change the bike share landscape? What do cities and operators need to do to make their systems successful and competitive? How can successes be replicated? What changes can or should be made to existing system designs to make sure bike share remains a permanent and useful part of a city’s transportation offerings?