There's a Good Reason Why Citi Bike Is Such a Mess in NYC 

Today, New York City comptroller's office released a scathing report about lack of maintenance by Citi Bike, which would come as no surprise to riders frustrated by broken docks or busted bikes. Why is Citi Bike a mess when bike shares in other cities—operated by the same parent company even—are going along swimmingly? » 12/12/14 6:25pm 12/12/14 6:25pm

This Car and Bike Sharing App Picks The Best Transit Mode For Your Trip

There's one problem with many car and bike sharing programs: By the time you've decided where to go, you're already locked into a transportation mode. You're either waiting for a cab to pick you up, making your way to a kiosk of bikes, or unlocking a nearby ZipCar. What if you could tell an app what you needed to do… » 12/04/14 12:58pm 12/04/14 12:58pm

Citi Bike Is Finally Being Treated Like Public Transit

After months of troubles reported by New York City's bikeshare, it seems that Citi Bike has finally charted a path towards success. It's going to be more expensive, but will offer improved service and more bikes. But here's the change that will make all the difference: Citi Bike will get a new leader—one who used to… » 10/29/14 3:33pm 10/29/14 3:33pm

Drought, Startup Money, Poop: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

California's drought news gets worse (despite this funny PSA). The plan to revitalize downtown Vegas stumbles (but could still work, with better direction). And someone smeared feces all over New York City's bikeshare (for real). It's What's Ruining Our Citi (Bike) and more. » 10/05/14 2:00pm 10/05/14 2:00pm

Keeping Bike Shares Running Smoothly Requires Seriously Complex Math

Here's kind of a dirty secret about bike share: Bikes don't end up distributed evenly across the system, so most cities use trucks and trailers to shuffle the bikes around to the kiosks where they're needed most at different times of day. Turns out it requires a complicated algorithm to determine exactly when and… » 8/27/14 7:15pm 8/27/14 7:15pm

Americans Have Taken 23 Million Bike Share Rides and No One Has Died

With 36 cities across the country now hosting their own systems, bike share is almost becoming an American institution. According to a new report, it's estimated that Americans have taken 23 million rides since 2007 (wow!), but here's the most amazing part: Not a single death has been attributed to a bike share system… » 8/12/14 11:48am 8/12/14 11:48am

Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things

Scott Simon's bio on the NPR website describes him as "one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters," and it's tough to argue with that. As a Peabody-winning journalist with decades of experience, Simon's credentials are unimpeachable, and as the Saturday host of Weekend Edition, he regularly shows… » 7/07/14 4:40pm 7/07/14 4:40pm

Gas Prices, Hurricanes, Bike Porn: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

A hurricane is poised to ruin the Atlantic Seaboard's barbecues this weekend. Gas prices might ruin the rest of the country's road trips. And over in Madrid, some, ahem, questionable images are ruining the city's brand-new bike share kiosks. It's What's Ruining Our Cities. Happy Independence Day. » 7/04/14 3:00pm 7/04/14 3:00pm

Why Don't More Cities Have E-Bike Shares?

This week, Madrid became the first European city to launch a fully electric bike share system for its residents. It works just like a regular bike share, but better: An electric motor kicks in to help with pedaling, and most importantly, give you an extra push up hills. Why isn't this standard for bike shares… » 6/24/14 4:40pm 6/24/14 4:40pm

Head Injuries Actually Went Down In Cities With Bike Share Programs

Last week, the internet was aflutter with news of a study showing how head injuries rose in cities with bike share—at least according to the media. But it turns out that most of us were making a major error in interpreting the data, as CityLab explains today. In fact, head injuries actually went down overall. » 6/16/14 3:00pm 6/16/14 3:00pm

Dad Invents Kid's Seat For Bike Shares—Promptly Gets Cease and Desist

There are many perks to bike shares, but there's a distinct advantage for the entrepreneurially minded: you're not allowed to make the bike better. Not by giving it an electric motor. Not by adding a seat to take your kid to school. Nope nope nope. Should bike shares really be keeping such a tight reign on their bikes? » 6/02/14 8:30pm 6/02/14 8:30pm

Doctors Can Now Prescribe Bike Share Memberships In Boston

Riding a bike is as good for your brain as it is for the rest of you, though medically speaking it's far from a prescribable cure. Except in Boston, that is, where doctors now have the power to prescribe an almost-free bike share membership to low-income patients. » 4/07/14 10:40am 4/07/14 10:40am

The Company Behind CitiBike's Technology Is Going Bankrupt. Now What?

Bixi—the Montreal nonprofit company that developed the technology that powers New York City's eight-month-old CitiBike program—filed for bankruptcy protection today, after it emerged that cities including New York and Chicago were withholding payments to the company. Could the news affect CitiBike? Maybe—but not just… » 1/20/14 6:42pm 1/20/14 6:42pm

Rich People, Booze, Rats, and Bikes: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Crime! Cars! Lululemon! There's always something trying to bring your neighborhood down, right? Each week, we'll round up the stories about what exactly you think is ruining our cities. See a story we missed? Drop it in the comments. » 10/22/13 4:20pm 10/22/13 4:20pm

Peep This Awesome Real-Time Map of the World’s Bike Shares

Sick and tired of hearing about New York’s bike share and the irresponsible weirdos that populate it? Well, here's a change of pace: this excellent real-time map illustrates 85 different bike share systems from all over the world. » 6/14/13 6:17pm 6/14/13 6:17pm

How America's Biggest Bike Share Will Turn NYC into a Cycling City

CitiBike has landed. Yesterday, amid a scrum of politicians and reporters, city officials introduced the system poised to transform New York street life. But keeping track of 6,000 new bikes—not to mention their riders—will be no small chore. And to do it, the city is implementing a handful of smart systems, ranging… » 5/28/13 3:05pm 5/28/13 3:05pm

NYC Will Have 10,000 Shared Bikes Rolling Around the Streets Next Summer

After much gnashing of teeth from city residents, NYC's transportation department has the go ahead to launch their planned bike sharing system, comprising 10,000 bikes and 600 stations that will cover much of Manhattan and Brooklyn. » 9/14/11 2:00pm 9/14/11 2:00pm