June 18, 2021

Reference: U.S. Dept. of Transportation Releases Data on Bike-Share Stations (Report and Dataset)

From the U.S. DOT:

  • A total of 2,655 bike-share stations operate in 65 U.S cities.
  • Of the 2,655 bike-share stations, 86.3 percent (2,291) connect to another scheduled public transportation mode within 1 block. These connections extend the transportation network by offering a means for reaching places with scheduled public transportation (e.g., heavy rail stations and local bus stops) and a means for reaching destinations not served by scheduled public transportation.
  • Transit bus is the most typical connection, with 84.2 percent (2,236) of bike-share stations located a block or less from a transit bus stop.
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Some cities with bike sharing programs not mapped. Click image to view list of all cities. Source: U.S. DOT

Bike-share systems enhance modal choice and extend the existing transportation system by providing access to destinations off existing public transportation route.

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In the 22 cities served by commuter rail and bike-share, 24.6 percent of the stations served by commuter rail connect with a bike-share station (43 stations). The remaining 132 commuter rail stations in cities with a bike-share system offer no connectivity to bike-share, although a bike- share system exists within the city itself.

In the 11 cities served by heavy rail and bike-share, 46.0 percent of the stations served by heavy rail connect with a bike-share station (208 stations). The remaining 244 heavy rail stations in cities with a bike-share system offer no connectivity to bike-share, although a bike-share system exists within the city itself.

In the 15 cities served by light rail and bike-share, 19.1 percent of the stations served by light rail connect with a bike-share station (88 stations). The remaining 373 light rail stations in cities with a bike-share system offer no connectivity to bike-share, although a bike-share system exists within the city itself .

A bike-share system exists in 9 of the 145 cities served by transit ferry. In these cities, 40.0 percent of transit ferry terminals connect with a bike-share station (10 stations). The remaining 15 transit ferry terminals offer no connectivity to bike-share, although a bike-share system exists within the city itself.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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