Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bike Sharing in Boston

In response to Ilana, Boston's been planning a Velib-like bike sharing system for awhile. The RFP for the project went out sometime last month and the word on the street (in the bike lanes?) is that three teams are likely to bid: one is the group that actually runs Paris' system, the second is the Berlin based Wall (who provides and operates the Boston's street furniture) and the final one is a more home grown team (there is a bike sharing program in Kendall Square already).



For Harvard, Anne Lusk from the School of Public Health is working around finding funding for having bike coordinators for all of the major schools in Boston and Cambridge (MIT, Harvard, BU and Northeastern). I think one of the first projects that would be realized should this go forward would be a student bike sharing program (see the one at UNAM in Mexico City below) on Harvard's campus.

México, DF

México, DF

The UNAM program consists of bike cages at main buildings throughout the campus, as well as a larger facility near the university's subway station. The cages are connected by separated bike paths, including bridges over major streets for bicyclists. As a student, you just walk up, swipe your student ID, take a bike, and drop it at any other cage. A similar program at Harvard is certainly within our reach.

México, DF

México, DF

For more info on biking in Boston, check out the LivableStreets Alliance (where I am on the board), Bikes not Bombs and MassBike.

1 comment:

  1. This is really exciting. I think that the thing that makes the Velib program so successful is its scale and the infrastructure that supports it. I hope that the system in Boston develops in a similar way. I look forward to hearing more about it.

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