Bike Share in the U.S.: 2017

Bike Share in the U.S.: 2017

NACTO studied the data from all available sources about docked and dockless bike share systems. They found that docked bike share systems show steady growth, while dockless bike share systems are more volatile.

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are a near future reality and the implications of AVs on city development and urban form, while potentially widespread and dramatic, are not well understood. In addition, there are other fundamentally disruptive technological forces undergoing simultaneous rapid development and deployment, including the introduction of new mobility technologies and the associated paradigm shift to thinking of mobility as a service, as well as the continued growth of e-commerce and the related rise in goods delivery. The purpose of this report is to examine how these forces of change are impacting, or will likely impact transportation, land use, urban design, and real estate, and what the implications may be for equity, health, the economy,the environment, and governance. Our aim was to identify key research areas that will assist in evidence-based decision making for planners, urban designers, and developers to address this critical paradigm shift. We identified key research questions in land use, urban design, transportation, and real estate that will rely on the expertise of these disciplines and lay the foundation for a research agenda examining how AVsand new mobility may impact the built environment. This report describes the first order impacts, or the broad ways that the form and function of cities are already being impacted by the forces of change identified above.

Key findings

The number of bike share bikes in the U.S. went from 42,500 at the end of 2016 to 100,000 bikes at the end of 2017. Most of that increase came from new dockless bikes.

By the end of 2017, dockless bikes accounted for 44% of bike share bikes in the U.S. However, dockless bike trips accounted for only 4% of bike share bike trips taken in 2017.

32% of cities with station-based bike share systems have an income-based discount program. This number rose 33% from 2016. These programs attempt to make ridership more affordable for a wide range of people.

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