2016 Annual Meeting Announcement

The 2016 NABSA Annual Meeting 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.

Stay tuned for more details!



Second Annual Meeting of North American Bike Share Association (NABSA)

September 28: Shared Mobility Summit
September 29: Shared SUMC + NABSA programming
September 30: NABSA Annual Meeting

See the complete NABSA program here!



Building on success of first meeting in fall 2014:
  • content targeted to practicing professionals:  planning, funding, pricing, operations, technology, marketing, sponsorship, and legislative initiatives
  • focus on quality of service and financial sustainability
  • learn about newest technologies, latest successes, and biggest challenges from your peers, the innovators making bike share work
New for 2015:
  • track targeted to operations team, including sessions on bike design and maintenance, rebalancing equipment and strategies, and off-site workshops at Divvy shop
  • partnership with Shared Mobility Center (SUMC) brings broad exploration of user interface aggregation with your peers in transit, car share, ride share, and app integration
  • partnership with Better Bike Share Partnership (NACTO and PFB) brings focus on strategies and experiences for growing participation and inclusiveness
  • opportunities to get outside, work on problems in small groups, and experience new products in a “laboratory” setting
  • AICP credit

Partnering with SUMC + Registration Details

Move Together, the 2015 Shared Mobility Summit and NABSA Annual Meeting will bring together transportation and policy leaders from across the country to share new developments in shared mobility, foster collaboration between the public and private sectors, and explore new solutions related to equity, integration with transit, use of public space, fare media integration, economic development and more.

The summit will feature a series of interactive sessions with influential mobility leaders as well as advanced practitioner break-outs. In addition to plenaries, “unconferences”, a reception, and panel discussions, the summit will feature three breakout tracks: one focused on shared mobility fundamentals, one on policy, and one on implementation.

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; the conference is being conducted in partnership with the Shared Use Mobility Summit and will feature shared programming on Tuesday, September 29th.



Event FAQ

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 SUMC Summit on Monday, September 28.
Why Chicago?
Because Divvy is crushing it.  They just expanded to 476 stations and see up to 24,800 trips per day.  They laugh at winter, just launched an equity initiative with Slow Roll, and are driving revenue from sales, sponsorship, and advertising.  Sean Wiedel (City of Chicago) and Elliot Greenberger (Motivate) will show us the city on two wheels and tell us what makes Divvy roll.
Why “Moving Together” with Shared Mobility Summit?
Because the shared-use sector is exploding and we stand to gain.   The Shared Use Mobility Center has a proven formula for summits that leave participants connected and brimming with ideas.  They invite provocative speakers from every sector.  They focus on the future and demonstrate the astounding pace of change.  They call out barriers preventing scale-up of new technologies and make connections across silos to tear down those barriers.
Key issues on the SUMC agenda—issues that we hold in common with car share, ride share, and ride sourcing operators—revolve around the changing roles of government and entrepreneurs.   How will aggregators like RideScout, Transit App, and Citymapper impact system operators?  How can we both regulate and encourage entrepreneurs to meet congestion-mitigation and equity goals?  Want a preview?  Check out Citylab discussion with SUMC director Sharon Feigon about integration.
All of our cities compete to innovate.  SUMC is where transportation innovators meet and recharge.
What will be the same as and different from last year’s annual meeting?
Like last year, the focus of NABSA content will be sharing results and peer-to-peer exchange between bike share pros.  Improving quality, reliability, and sustainability is our goal.
New this year will be an operations track targeted to folks who maintain and move our fleets.  We are also adding “jump-starter” sessions targeted to newbies tasked with launching a new bike share system.  Both are discussed below.
Count on more opportunities to get outside and work in small groups.  SUMC is putting together an expo and on-street “Mobility Hub” where you can experience new products.  You will ride new bikes, drive new cars, touch new terminals, try on new helmets, and download new apps.  Vendors, if you want your innovations in the mix, reach out to Eric Heineman at eric@sharedusemobilitycenter.org.
Targeted to my job?
We are scheduling sessions targeted to people who get grease under their fingernails:
  • Bike Design
  • E-Bike System Design
  • Bike Maintenance
  • Redistribution
  • Helmets
  • Making your shop a great place to work
  • Batteries & Solar Panels
Some of these sessions will be in the Motivate Divvy shop.  Several vendors are introducing their second-generation bike.  This will be a great chance to try those bikes and hear from the people who designed them.
I.T. folks, this conference is for you.  A primary focus of SUMC and NABSA will be on transportation apps and integrating user-interfaces.  You will rub elbows with developers throughout the transportation sector.  Our plan on Tuesday is to dig in deep on apps and aggregation.  We’ll look at design, benefits, risks, product optimization, and business model.  On Wednesday we’ll tackle challenges around planning for obsolescence, payment systems, and predictive tools for redistribution.
Marketing, Outreach, and Sponsorship
Got a new idea for pricing, promotions, product configuration, or sponsors?  Chances are someone is already trying it already.  The NABSA meeting is your chance to learn about on-going experiments around the country and bring a few ideas home.  Like last year, we will conduct surveys and compile “Year in Review” summaries.  In addition to core focus on pricing, product configuration, promotions, and sponsorship, we will explore partnerships with health industries, web and social media content, and small cities initiatives.
Planning and Policy
The “2.0” trend doesn’t stop with technology.  The planning discipline is retooling too.  When we started planning bike share systems, we had almost no hard data.  We made guesses about who would ride, how much they would ride, and how much they would pay.  Our funding sources were for one-time demonstrations.  Our results showed early-adopter bias.  Those days should be over.  Across North America, millions of bike share trips are taken every month.  Some of our systems have five years of revenue and usage data.  We need planning tools and policies that will lead to permanent funding, fill the gaps in our ops budgets, and help us respond to well-intentioned politicians who want us to spread out bike share stations in places that don’t make sense.
Equity Initiatives
2015 brought new focus, resources, and partners to equity initiatives.  People for Bikes, NACTO, and the City and Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia (the Better Bikeshare Partnership) built equity goals into all aspects of the Indego Bike Share launch.  We will hear initial results from Philly and learn about new initiatives funded by PFB to increase participation and diversity.
Social justice movements like Slow Roll Detroit and Red Bike & Green in Atlanta are drawing thousands of urban cyclists and demonstrating the power of the bicycle as a tool for community building.  We will learn more about these movements and opportunities for bike share cities to work with them to pursue equity goals.
NACTO published a provocative article suggesting that a dense grid of stations (28 stations per square mile) is important to achieving equity goals. We will explore this topic and tackle questions about how we measure who is riding our bikes, how we should take land-use and density levels into account when considering equity goals in system expansions, and setting expectations for utilization in neighborhoods lacking density, hotels or destinations.
New to Bike Share 
We’ve all been there:  the high stakes game of bringing bike share to a new city.  Low budgets.  High expectations.  A million decisions to make before launch.  If you are in this position now, our “jump starter” sessions are for you.  Format will be simple:  question and answer sessions with experienced operators.  No question is off limits.  You’ll learn from the successes and the mistakes.  Topics include:  business planning, operations planning, and launch planning.
These sessions will take place on Monday afternoon.  If you are interested, make sure you sign up for both the NABSA Annual Meeting and the SUMC Meeting (members will pay a small fee to cover SUMC costs).

Location + Hotel Block

Conference Dates and Location

September 28 – 30
Venue Six10 at Spertus Institute
610 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

If you missed the wildly successful 2014 Annual Meeting, see the agenda here –NABSA Sept 7-8 2014 Meeting Agenda

Questions? Email Matt Martin [matt@nabsa.net] or Bill Dossett [bdossett@niceridemn.org]