July 1, 2016
CONTACT: Mia Bolton, mia@gomixte.com, 301-395-4145
North American Bikeshare Association Statement on Chicago Death

The North American Bikeshare Association released this statement today in response to the fatal crash on a Divvy bike in Chicago:  

“This morning, a young woman using bikeshare in Chicago was involved in a fatal crash. The North American Bikeshare Association joins Divvy and the Chicago Department of Transportation in expressing our sincere sympathies and deepest condolences to her loved ones and the community impacted by this great loss.”

Today marks a tragic milestone we wished would never come.
This is the first time that we’ve lost someone from our bikeshare community in the eight years that bikeshare has operated in the United States. Today’s loss extends beyond Chicago and into the hearts and homes across the nation.”
For more information or to talk with the North American Bikeshare Association, please contact Mia Bolton at 301-395-4145. 
Additional information on bikeshare in the United States:  
  • 105 U.S. municipalities have bike share systems
  • The U.S. has 32,000 bikeshare bicycles and 3,400 bikeshare stations
  • More than 70,000,000 trips have been taken since inception of bike share in the U.S.
  • Washington, D.C. was the first to launch bikeshare in 2008 with 120 bikes and ten stations, followed quickly by Denver and Minneapolis in 2010 with citywide systems
  • Chicago’s bikeshare system launched on June 28, 2013
  • The 2016 Bikesharing and Bicycle Safety report issued by the Mineta Transportation Institute finds that, “Collision and injury rates for bikesharing are lower than previously computed rates for personal bicycling. Experts and focus group participants independently pointed to bikesharing rider behavior and bikesharing bicycle design as possible factors. In particular, bikesharing bicycles are generally designed in ways that promote stability and limited speeds, which mitigate the conditions that contribute to collisions.”

2016 Annual Conference Announcement

The 2016 NABSA Annual Conference will be held November 10-11 in downtown Austin, Texas! On Wednesday, November 9, we will host preliminary sessions for new bike share programs and those looking into starting them, as well as a set of technical and field workshops.

See our conference page for more information!

North American Bikeshare Systems Adopt Open Data Standard



Mitch Vars, I.T Director, Nice Ride Minnesota, 612-788-7627, mvars@niceridemn.org
Nicole Freedman, President of NABSA, 206-552-4085, nicole.freedman@seattle.gov

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.


International Bike-Share Database

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.