The Bike Share program has been operating for several months in our community.
I wanted to know if Houstonians were taking advantage of the program.
The early numbers are in and despite being considered one of the country’s fattest cities…Houston residents are pedaling the rental bikes.
Here are some stats from the city and news the program will expand:
First Six Months of Program
Current Program – 3 stations and 18 bicycles that were funded by an EPA Clean Air grant that was secured by the City of Houston’s Office of Sustainability. The grant provided approximately $116,000 to establish the initial program.
Memberships – Over 1,200 members with a majority coming from single day riders.
Checkouts – Over 2,000 bike checkouts in first 6 months averaging almost 300 checkouts per month. Market Square has the most check-outs, followed by City Hall and the GRB.
Costs – Current operating expenses are being covered by revenue from memberships, rentals and sponsorships.
Bikes and Stations – The technology has been very dependable with less than 1% downtime. And the bikes have held up very well with only a handful of flat tires and minor repairs over the first 6 months. Bike Barn is providing the mechanical support and administering the maintenance of the bicycles.
Expansion – There is a planned expansion of the program starting in March 2013. The City will have 200 bikes and 24 stations in downtown, mid-town, Museum District and Montrose. With this density, the program should generate over 25,000 checkouts and a membership base of over 15,000.
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