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July 2019 News
News for the bikeshare and shared micromobility industry.

New at NABSA

NABSA is excited to begin our work to update and enhance the General Bikeshare Feed Specification (GBFS) with our data consultant MobilityData. Our goals for this project are:
  • to enable new features in bikeshare systems and applications through data standardization,
  • to protect traveler privacy,
  • to support data needs for oversight and planning, and
  • to make GBFS easier to implement through specification reference clarity improvements and best practices development.

We hope you will share your valuable expertise with us.If you’re willing to take a short survey or be interviewed for this project, please fill in this form – it will just take a few moments and will allow us to connect with you when the survey is ready.In the meantime, you can also head over to the GBFS improvement conversation happening on GitHub to chime in.

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More news from NABSA:

Member Profile: BCycle

BCycle is finding success in bringing new technology to its established dock-based bikeshare systems. 

Last fall, BCycle piloted electric assist bicycles in several of its cities in operation. The pilot found increases in ridership from double to almost 5 times the number of trips after the introduction of e-bikes. Building on the success of the pilot, this summer the Madison BCycle system was completely transitioned to an all-electric fleet.

Learn What's Happening at BCycle
Knowledge Share Spotlight
New items in our Knowledge Share:
NABSA Member News

PBOT confirms Biketown will see a big expansion and e-bikes in 2020

Koko-Go: Details roll out on city's bikeshare program

Bike Share Toronto and Shift Transit announced the program is adding 105 new stations and 1,250 new bikes

Populus' new mobility tool shows where riders use bikes, scooters

Healthy Ride: Pittsburgh gets creative for summer bike share engagement

Uber says it’s raising prices on its dockless e-bike fleet in several US cities

Industry News

European bikeshare operators and suppliers form an association

A Lawyer Explains Why Electric Scooter Laws Don’t Work

Google Maps made station/bike information available in real time in Google Maps

Scooter companies are getting organized about user safety

Smart Cities Dive looks at sustainability issues around shared e-scooters

Bird interviewed Parking Guru Donald Shoup about parking for e-scooters

USA Today begrudgingly admits e-scooter users are learning manners 

The Washington Post published a very basic primer on shared e-scooters, just in case you’ve never heard of them

Programs & regulation:

Pilots and launches are rolling out in Tallahassee, Baton Rouge, Syracuse, Wichita, Duluth. Bike Chattanooga is expanding with ebikes.

Bikeshare and shared micromobility are under consideration in: Madison, Kane County, St. Petersburg, Fairfax County

Applications for permits are open in Milwaukee, Baltimore, Denver

Scooters will stay in Nashville

Chicago residents discuss pros and cons of e-scooters

Health & Equity:

Citi Bike fails to serve New Yorkers in poverty and communities of color: report

Bikes Are Freedom – Freedom For Special Needs

Finance, Business & Technology

Scooter Riders Advised to Avoid Insurance Pothole. Dott raised $34 million to build a sustainable scooter startup, and will offer full liability insurance coverage for riders.

This one wins the award for Most Soothing Video: How crickets and fireflies could inspire safer bike sharing programs

Financial Times says e-bikes will reshape urban transportation systems, while Volkswagen plans for “traffic collapse” and reducing car use in urban areas

Lime expands its electric scooters all over Latin America

Alibaba confirms it is mulling further investment in bike-sharing start-up Hellobike

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