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Old 04-29-2012, 04:50 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I use the DecoBike system in Miami Beach as my everyday transportation and LOVE IT! I have also used the system in Paris for two weeks last Fall. That said, I cannot find a comprehensive list of US cities that have such programs. Does your city have a bike share program? Do you use it? Do you like it?
I am also interested in what sort of fee structure is used.

In Miami Beach, residents can subscribe monthly for $15. This subscription provides unlimited use of the system for 30 minute rides. The subscription can be upgraded in length of time but it's really not necessary for me. Nothing I do is really more than 15 minutes away by bike. Hourly rates are high for tourists but most don't seem to care. It's a novelty and a fun way to exercise, tour and get where you are going like a local. What is less known is that 30 day passes are available for visitors for $35. These passes allow access to the system in exactly the same way it's provided for residents. However, one must go to the DecoBike "store" on Washington Avenue for that card.

I'd love to hear about your bike share programs and stories!
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Limbo
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https://www.niceridemn.org/

Nice Ride Minnesota - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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There is no limit to the number of trips allowed during a subscription period, and individual bike trips are free for the first 30 minutes. However, trip fees can rack up quickly—particularly after 90 minutes—reaching up to a daily limit of $65 after 7 hours of use (in addition to any subscription fee).[6] This fee structure is designed to encourage short trips, keep bikes available, and push customers desiring multi-hour trips to use for-profit rental businesses rather than the subsidized bike-share service. Only about 2% of trips incur any fees.
I haven't used the bikes myself, but I do see many people around my college campus using them for easy transportation. The system has undergone expansion from downtown Minneapolis over the last few years. There were issues early on with credit/debit cards being charged $250 as collateral until the bike was returned, but these charges have been reduced or dropped.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:14 PM
 
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I use the DecoBike system in Miami Beach as my everyday transportation and LOVE IT! I have also used the system in Paris for two weeks last Fall. That said, I cannot find a comprehensive list of US cities that have such programs. Does your city have a bike share program? Do you use it? Do you like it?
I am also interested in what sort of fee structure is used.

In Miami Beach, residents can subscribe monthly for $15. This subscription provides unlimited use of the system for 30 minute rides. The subscription can be upgraded in length of time but it's really not necessary for me. Nothing I do is really more than 15 minutes away by bike. Hourly rates are high for tourists but most don't seem to care. It's a novelty and a fun way to exercise, tour and get where you are going like a local. What is less known is that 30 day passes are available for visitors for $35. These passes allow access to the system in exactly the same way it's provided for residents. However, one must go to the DecoBike "store" on Washington Avenue for that card.

I'd love to hear about your bike share programs and stories!
This is a great thread, but does it really belong in city vs. city?
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:27 PM
 
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DC has Capitol Bikeshare and I too enjoyed using DecoBike when in Miami Beach.
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:36 PM
 
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Montreal has a system that is catching on in major cities around the world..

BIXI Montreal Public Bike System - Guide to Using Public Bikes in Montreal, Velo Libre
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Extremely popular in DC. Houston is starting one on Wednesday, I believe.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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NYC is rolling it out in stages this year.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Midtown Omaha
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Omaha's is in it's 2nd year. Only 5 stations though throughout University of Nebraska-Omaha and the nearby mixed use development. No public funds as well, mostly funded by Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

Promises of expansion, but no hard commitments yet.
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:06 PM
 
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Chicago is currently implementing 3,000 bikes at 300 stations, followed by another 1,000 bikes at 100 stations in 2013. The city loves biking, mostly due to the fact it's flat and has an easy grid layout.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:29 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Omaha's is in it's 2nd year. Only 5 stations though throughout University of Nebraska-Omaha and the nearby mixed use development. No public funds as well, mostly funded by Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

Promises of expansion, but no hard commitments yet.
Miami Beach's program is a public/private venture. I think that's probably the best model.
During the last Boat Show in February, DecoBike set up one temporary station across the Bay in Miami that was accessed from the Venetian Causeway to the Marina on the other side. I wish they'd make it permanent because it would connect SouthBeach to Miami's public transportation by another means other than a bus. I would love to be able to bike to other side of the bay and take the People Mover to the Metrorail.
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