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November 9-11 – Austin, TX
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Bikeshare Braintrust Hits the Ground Rolling November 9-11
North American Bikeshare Association’s annual conference to highlight advancing technology, social equity
NORTH AMERICA, August 31, 2016 — On November 9, the North American Bikeshare Association (NABSA)kicks off its annual conference to unite leaders from cities across North America who believe in the power of bikesharing to transform cities. NABSA wants to proliferate bikeshare by focusing on topics at the forefront of the industry: new technology, operations, transit integration, data analysis and social equity. Following last year’s successful conference in Chicago, NABSA will head to Austin, Texas for its third annual conference. Organizers anticipate several hundred participants interested in life on two wheels for recreation, transportation and tourism.
“Every city has its own unique factors, from bike infrastructure and topography to demographics and density that influence the type of bikeshare system best suited for its community. Bikeshare doesn’t have one set-in-stone model,” says NABSA Project Manager Matt Martin. “We hope this conference educates, inspires and provides the tools to make the process of implementing a bikeshare system effortless and enjoyable in every city.”
According to NABSA, previous conferences have yielded an incredible amount of knowledge sharing, particularly in areas of technology and innovation, that has likely contributed to a recent surge of bikeshare system launches. As an example, Portland’s BIKETOWN system, which launched in July 2016, utilizes state-of-the art smart-bikes that can be parked anywhere (even without a station), costs the same amount as a local bus ride and is accessible to 95 percent of low-income housing residents within the area.
“We could not be happier with BIKETOWN,” said Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat. “Portlanders and visitors alike have embraced this new option for getting around town at a truly impressive clip. I’d like to thank NABSA for its leadership — the nationwide conversation that it enables has been a valuable source of insight for our bikeshare system in Portland.”
Since 2014, NABSA has positioned itself on the frontline of the bikeshare movement. The international membership-based organization continues to collect data, conduct surveys, professionalize the bikeshare industry and work to ensure long-term financial success for systems in North America. Its efforts in the past two years have refocused the bikeshare industry and taken it from an emerging technology into an established form of public transportation that has improved the quality of life of cities.
“Ten years down the road, we’re going to look back and realize we lived through the time when bikeshare was evolving into a mainstream form of transportation and a desirable asset for up-and-coming cities,” says NABSA Vice President Sean Wiedel. “This year’s conference will bring systems from around the world together to highlight major milestones and build on each other’s momentum.”
The first automated citywide bikeshare systems in North America launched in Montreal, Canada in 2008 followed by Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. in 2010 before spreading to other major East Coast cities and college campuses. Recent West Coast launches include the cities of Los Angeles, Portland and San Diego.
The North American Bikeshare Association Conference is held from Wednesday, November 9 through Friday, November 11 at St. David’s Episcopal Church, located at 301 E 8th Street in Austin, Texas. For more information on the conference, please click here. To learn more about the forward-thinking bikeshare movement in major cities around the world, please visit www.nabsa.net.
NORTH AMERICAN BIKESHARE ASSOCIATION: Founded in 2014, NABSA is a member-driven non-profit organization of and for the bike-sharing industry. NABSA’s mission is to provide support for the bikeshare community and accelerate the growth of bikeshare systems across the nation.
NABSA in LA Streetsblog
NABSA project director, Matt Martin, was recently interviewed for an article on the Streetsblog LA blog. Here’s a snippet:
What is next for bike-share? What innovations do you see on the horizon?
Some bike-share innovations are easily recognizable to the general public, such as smart bikes with GPS and solar panels powering user interfaces and integrated locks; some are more hidden, such as flexible pricing structures, which could help systems “auto-rebalance” by encouraging users to return bikes to less popular areas in return for a cheaper fare.
Electric-assist bikes will continue to improve and come down in cost, further broadening the appeal of bike-share. The integration of transit and bike-share user cards and the ability to access systems equally as users travel from city to city are likely outcomes that will make bike-share more seamless and accessible. Continued modifications to and adaptations of our urban built environments will continue to make our cityscapes more livable, efficient, and beautiful.
Read the entire article here.
North American Bikeshare Systems Adopt Open Data Standard
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Major bikeshare industry leaders agree to implement data standard by end of 2015
The North American Bikeshare Association, working with representatives from the largest bike manufacturers, owners and operators in North America, is happy to announce the adoption of the open data standard for bikeshare. The open data standards will make real-time data feeds publicly available online in a uniform format so that map and transportation based apps such as Google Maps, RideScout and Transit App can easily incorporate this data into their platforms.
The open data standard will improve transparency and public access to bikeshare information and allow end users to create integrated software and end user applications. Available data includes station locations, bike and dock availability, pricing information, etc.
“With more than fifty bikeshare systems launched in North America since 2010, bikeshare has quickly become an important part of our transportation ecosystem. Establishing an open data standard is an important step to making bikeshare ever more convenient and accessible to the public,” says NABSA representative MitchVars.
Under NABSA’s leadership, bikeshare industry leaders including 8D Technologies, PBSC Urban Solutions, Social Bicycles, BCycle, Smoove, and Motivate developed the General Bikeshare Feed Specification (GBFS) over the past year. All have agreed to implement the standard by the end of 2015.
“We’re excited by the emergence of GBFS as it will standardize our bikesharing integration process. But we’re also pleased because it helps solidifies the importance of open data and the need to create common standards for all types of mobility services. We’re proud to announce that we’re the first app to use GBFS by integrating Social Bicycles in nine cities across North America,” says Jake Scion, Director of Strategy and Development for Transit App.
“Social Bicycles is excited to be an early adopter of the new specification and recently performed the first partner integration with Transit App. We look forward to working with more partners to expand access to bikeshare as a local mobility option,” says Ryan Rzepecki, CEO of Social Bicycles.
Move Together: NABSA Annual Meeting: a joint conference with the Shared Mobility Summit in Chicago, IL September 28-30.
Why joint conference? To connect bike share professionals with your peers in car sharing, ride sharing, and transit to drive urban mobility integration and collaborate on mutual goals and challenges.
What happens when? Monday and Tuesday is the Shared Use Mobility Summit. Tuesday and Wednesday is the NABSA Annual Meeting. Tuesday (the overlapping day) will include multiple concurrent sessions targeted to both audiences.
I pay what? You can sign up for either or both conferences. All employees of NABSA members are invited to attend the NABSA Annual Meeting at no charge. If you sign up for all three days, you will pay a small fee to cover participation in the Summit on Monday.
NABSA + PeopleForBikes Announcement
The North American Bike Share Association (NABSA) is excited to announce its partnership with the PeopleForBikes Coalition on legislative initiatives that affect bike sharing in the U.S.
The number of bike sharing systems nationwide has rapidly increased in the last five years and the two groups want to accelerate this growth by ensuring that legislative policy supports the increased interest and use of bike sharing. Click here for more details.
Partnership with NACTO
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) have been instrumental in the formation of NABSA and the collaboration continues. NACTO will focus on best practices collection and dissemination and research.