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Bike share: Coming to Seattle, delayed in San Francisco, doubted in New York — someday in Vancouver?

April 6th, 2014 · 30 Comments

It really takes a full-time national reporter to stay on top of the bike-share thing, with all the various news events. Among them in the past month:

– Montreal got four offers for the international arm of Bixi recently, but decided none were good enough.

– The City of Montreal will provide enough money ($4.3 mil) to keep Bixi bike-share going on its own city for one more year.

Toronto is stepping up to keep bike-share going there, with a new name and Alta Bicycle Share (the company Vancouver is working with) managing the system.

– Seattle, which is also planning to incorporate a helmet-dispensing system, JUST LIKE US, and has been working with Alta Bicycle Share, JUST LIKE US,  is saying they’re hoping to be functional by summer.

Negative stories recently out of New York and worries about poor operations of the system there. (Alta Bicycle Share)

Continued delays of the system expansion in San Francisco/Bay Area

A response from Alta

– And my story recently in Urban Land magazine, which took a look at the big picture. (Will the troubles of Bixi kill bike share? Umm, no. But there are some big issues to figure out.)

– By the way, we’re still waiting for news here in Vancouver.


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