Bicycle Share Feasibility Study
Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012
What is Bike Share?
Bike Easy completed a study about bicycle share in New Orleans. Bicycle share is a network of bicycles and automated kiosks that allows users to make short trips (1-3 miles) quickly, conveniently and affordably. Bicycle share is a component of a strong transportation network, potentially moving 100,000 people or more per year at relatively low cost. A small scale Bicycle Share system (e.g. Phase 1: 200 bicycles, 20 kiosks at about $1.5 million) would have a profound impact on improving New Orleans’ transportation network.
Bike Share Means More People on Bikes
The simple act of getting more people on bikes benefits public health, reduces motor vehicle traffic congestion, and improves access to economic opportunity. A bicycle share system in New Orleans achieves these goals and more, putting the city on the map as a progressive place to live and visit. New Orleans is already a national leader for bicycling and walking, ranking among the top 10 cities in the US for commuting and is designated a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. A bicycle share system would solidify New Orleans as a national leader for these quality of life measures.
Bike Share is Simple to Implement
Over 100 cities in Europe and 21 cities in the United States have implemented bicycle share systems. This experience elsewhere has produced a winning model for implementation.
The study was funded by University of New Orleans Transportation Institute and several local organizations including:
- New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
- New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation
- Downtown Development District
- Harrah’s Foundation (via Councilmember Gisleson-Palmer)
In the study, Bike Easy addresses implementation steps, costs and logistics of bringing such a system to New Orleans.
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