Could bike share revolutionize how St. Louis moves? Let's find out. Use this site to learn about bike share and share your thoughts on getting around St. Louis.
What is bike share? How does it work?
Bike Share is a network of shared bicycles available for short-term use. It combines the convenience and flexibility of a private vehicle with the accessibility and reliability of mass transit. Bike share systems offer a fleet of specially-designed, durable, and versatile bicycles. Station-based systems include a network of stations with automated docking points for picking up and returning bikes. Lock-based systems include an automated lock attached to the bike, allowing the bike to be docked or retrieved from any location. More than 500 cities around the world have implemented public bike sharing, including Washington, DC, New York City, Kansas City, San Antonio, Denver, Minneapolis, and Chicago.
Click here to read a flyer that explains how bike share works: Bike Share 101.
Why would St. Louis want bike share?
Bike share is for everyone. Local residents, downtown office workers, commuters, visitors, college students, and tourists all benefit from the convenience of bike share mobility.
In St. Louis, this translates to less cars on the road (particularly in downtown areas) thus reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality. It also saves time by making short trips in congested areas faster on bike than they would be in a car or on foot. Bike share serves as an attractive amenity for visitors, boosting the local tourism economy. It also provides a "last mile" option for transit users, providing a convenient (and fun!) way to access a transit stop or to travel from a transit stop to a final destination. Plus it keeps local residents moving, which boosts physical activity levels and provides important public health benefits and health care cost savings.
2014 suggested station locations
The most important thing about a bike share system is convenience – people want to drop off a bike near their destination, and not to have to look very hard for a station. Because bike share works best where destinations are close, downtown, adjacent neighborhoods, college campuses, nightlife areas, ballparks, shopping streets, Forest Park and other tourist destinations are all potential locations within a bike share network in St. Louis.
See all of the locations submitted by the public last year.
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