St Louis Bike Share

All the ways we move people and things: trains, planes, automobiles, biking, walking, etc.
Was in Omaha today, and saw that they had an extensive bike share network-something that STL doesn't have. Any plans on one for STL?
http://www.stlbikeshare.org/

That's as far as I've seen.
I think they ran out of money or something with the bid process went wrong. I know there was a reason it stopped, I just do not remember what that was.
Per Great Rivers Greenway, there needs to be someone to pick up the ball and run with it.... they can serve as a convener but will not lead an effort. The study recommended going the non-profit route but that seems to be going nowhere... I'd love to see BJC be a lead sponsor like several hospital systems are doing in other cities.
STLrainbow wrote:
Per Great Rivers Greenway, there needs to be someone to pick up the ball and run with it.... they can serve as a convener but will not lead an effort. The study recommended going the non-profit route but that seems to be going nowhere... I'd love to see BJC be a lead sponsor like several hospital systems are doing in other cities.


That would have a nice ring to it -"BJC Bikes"
Even AB would sound nice.
^ BJC Bikes - I like it! A-B Bikes could come with a small beer cooler.

btw, good to see you back here Chalupas.... you in town or dialing in from afar?
Centene has bike share listed on their most recent proposal. We'll have to wait and see what comes of it.
I think it would be cool if Enterprise sponsored the bike share. It would pair well with their CarShare business, I think.
Bike share animation maps London and NY.

http://www.vox.com/2016/8/11/12418580/a ... ce=twitter
I'm beginning a new commute soon, and I realize that a bicycle would be great for the second half of the trip but not the part closer to my house. Bike sharing would be an ideal assist. How can we get the ball rolling on this? Wash U, Metro, and Forest Park Forever could easily put together three or four stations each as a pilot phase. It needs to start so it can expand out to the areas that I need. What is the hold up?
So I'm pretty sure we are the only city in the US with a population over 100,000 that doesn't have a bike share system. This is simply pathetic. Other cities have creatively financed these systems through corporate sponsors and partnerships. Another failure on behalf of our corporate community. We should not let this die- people visit our city and expect to have this amenity available to them.
stlgasm wrote:
Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:41 am
So I'm pretty sure we are the only city in the US with a population over 100,000 that doesn't have a bike share system. This is simply pathetic. Other cities have creatively financed these systems through corporate sponsors and partnerships. Another failure on behalf of our corporate community. We should not let this die- people visit our city and expect to have this amenity available to them.
There are cities bigger than us that don't have it. That said there still is no excuse we don't. I agree on the corporate community aspect.
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-new ... am-pronto/

Speaking of big cities without bike-share, this is surprising.

That being said, Seattle is extremely hilly and rainy, and pretty much everyone who needs a bike has one.

However, I think bike share in St. Louis would do extremely well. We have a well-defined central corridor (which Seattle does not) as well as a huge, amazing, centrally located, park. If nothing else, the prototype bike share system could solely be on a few select areas on the edge of forest park (the one that seems perfect which comes to my mind is the intersection of skinker/Clayton)


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I'm pretty sure Alex recently hinted about a bike share announcement coming soon. I can't recall if it was on NextSTL or Twitter... Alex?
Not St. Louis, but here's an article about bike-share problems in China:

http://mashable.com/2017/01/18/bike-sha ... 1cwYt_oPqN
urban_dilettante wrote:
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:42 pm
I'm pretty sure Alex recently hinted about a bike share announcement coming soon. I can't recall if it was on NextSTL or Twitter... Alex?
Something like that. The only "news" is that people are still trying to figure it out for St. Louis.
Not St. Louis related, but I took used the bikeshare here in DC yesterday. I didn't realize just how far out they serviced the region... all the way from Alexandria, VA to Gaithersburg, MB. That's essentially the equivalent of downtown STL to Wentzville. :shock: :!:
Is there any chance that the proposed tax hikes could pull funds in this direction?
FYI...

Bi-State Development Advances Regional Bike Share Program:
http://www.metrostlouis.org/nextstop/bi ... e-program/
Is Metro or a 3rd party paying the 20% match?
Third parties. (It's a long list of organizations.)
dbInSouthCity wrote:
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:33 pm
Is Metro or a 3rd party paying the 20% match?
Cool, so now we're only two or three years away from *maybe* having a bikeshare program. Hard to get too excited when this is just the "first step" with zero specifics on how or where the system will look or operate. And of course the fact that every single metro with at least a million people has had bikeshare for years. Any way you slice it, St. Louis has been asleep at the wheel. It's not progressive to be literally the last major city to implement this.

Geez, I'm really turning into a surly old curmudgeon!
More (new?) info on Bi-State's push for bike share: http://www.stltoday.com/news/traffic/al ... cdefe.html
I have no inside or other information, but I think it would be cool if Enterprise, which considers itself a general transportation provider, stepped up as a big sponsor for bike sharing in St. Louis.