Landscape Architect & Specifier News

APR 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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92 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 2 8 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 2 0 LimeBike's big idea is to increase mobility in cities and colleges with mobile assisted, dockfree bicycles at a very affordable price, solving, for instance, the "first and last mile problem" for those taking mass transit. Dockless Bike Sharing We noted in the March LASN issue that PlayCore's Center for Research Outreach and Education (CORE) has produced a 112- page resource guide: "Shift Into GearĀ®, A Bicycling Advocacy Resource" ( https:// ). One aspect of bicycle advocacy is, of course, getting more people on bicycles. Over the last number of years cities across the U.S. have installed locally subsidized bike-sharing systems that allow people to swipe their credit card to unlock a bike at a rack, cycle to a destination and return the bike to a rack. Finding a rack can be a problem. A drawback for cities is the bikes, the stations and maintenance get quite pricey (up to $5,000 per bike). A couple of companies, Uber (Jump Bikes) and LimeBike, have come up with an alternative: "dockless" bike sharing. Gone are the rack stations. With its app, Uber Bike allows you to reserve, locate and unlockcone of its electric bikes. When finished, you lock the bike to some immoveable object. LimeBike, based in San Mateo, Calif., is the biggest player for dockless bikes in the U.S. The company reports 10,000 bikes deployed in 12 cities and on 8 university campuses. These smart-bikes are enabled with GPS, wireless technology and self-activating locks. You locate and unlock one of its green-and- yellow bikes with your phone, then pay just $1 per ride (.50 cents for students). The company offers bike options: 1, 3 or 8 speed bikes, electric-assist bikes and even electric scooters. When you arrive at your destination, just leave the bike. It self locks: no need to lock it to an immoveable object. A 2017 report estimates the global fleet of shared bicycles is approaching one million, and 600 bike-share operators. This industry is expected to grow 20% per year and be a $5.8 billion market by 2020 (per a Roland Berger consultancy report ( ). In the U.S., however, bicycle trips account for only 1% of our vehicular trips.

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