DECOBIKE Ride to Work & Hospitality Event at W South Beach

DECO BIKE Ride to Work & Hospitality Event: From left to right- George Cozonis, GM of W South Beach; Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO Greater Miami and Beaches Hotel Association; Miami Beach City Commissioner Michael Gongora; Bonifacio Diaz, COO DecoBike; C.C. Reese, Chief Marketing Officer DecoBike

On January 27, 2012, the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA) and DecoBike, LLC hosted a variety of leaders and managers from the Miami-Miami Beach hospitality and business community, as well as several elected officials, to launch the DecoBike Ride to Work and Hospitality programs.  This event took place at the W South Beach and focused on raising awareness of DecoBike’s public bicycle sharing programs as a daily, sustainable transportation option for hotel and business staff members as well as their guests and customers.

Bike sharing programs are quickly revolutionizing the way millions of people commute each day and cities are eager to adopt such programs because of the varied benefits they confer upon the community.  Miami Beach City Commissioner Michael Gongora provided opening remarks and spoke to the value of DecoBike for the community as a whole.  “DecoBike aims to replace short trips normally made by car with good, old-fashioned pedal power combined with a variety of new state of the art technologies.  DecoBike is a nationally-recognized, award-winning program that can benefit each and every one of you,” Gongora stated to the crowd.

Wendy Kallergis, President and CEO of the GMBHA,  noted that there are a variety of benefits available to businesses and hotels that choose to participate.  “Aside from improving the mobility of our workforce and greening your hotel or business, DecoBike is a great health and wellness initiative. It’s also a leading amenity for the millions of visitors we receive annually,” Kallergis stated.  Kallergis also pointed out that a workforce that commutes by bike is happier, more productive and less prone to taking sick days.

C. “Colby” Reese, DecoBike’s chief marketing officer, explained that there are a multiple programs available at little or no cost for businesses, hotels and tourists.  “Federal commuter subsidies are in place for qualified businesses and hotels to offer commuter memberships to their staff members at no net cost…For visitors to our area, we have eliminated the need for an automobile while in the city.”  Reese also announced several new options designed for tourists to take advantage of, including a portable audio bike tour, short-term memberships, daily rentals and a reward program for concierges.

DecoBike has logged nearly 600,000 riders in less than ten months and well over 1,300,000 miles on their bike fleet.  They have also been recognized with the prestigious US Conference of Mayors City Livability Award, Sustainable South Florida Green Business Award and Dream in Green Award for Environmental Stewardship.

For more information on DecoBike programs for businesses and hotels, please contact: hospitality@decobike.com  For more information on the Greater Miami & The Beach Hotel Association, please contact: vanja@gmbha.com

DecoBike at MiaGreen Expo 2012

 

DecoBike at MiaGreen Expo 2012

Green is in the air! The MiaGreen Expo is the only event in the United States providing access to the ever-growing, unstoppable green, renewable and sustainable markets for all the Americas. This annual, business-to-business event is unique and growing bigger every year.  MiaGreen combines a major trade show with cutting-edge educational and networking programs geared towards sustainable programs, businesses, building practices and energy concepts.

DecoBike was a big hit with attendees and other exhibitors, featuring shiny new DecoBikes and a DecoBike demo station under the bright lights of the Miami Beach Convention Center. The DecoBike display was a part of the City of Miami Beach’s “Live, Work, Play” exhibit. DecoBike is a public-private program that operates under a special partnership with DecoBike LLC and the City of Miami Beach. DecoBike developed this program as one of North America’s largest and most used bicycle sharing programs.  The DecoBike display touted its Benefits Dashboard, showing the roughly 60,000,000 calories burned by its riders as well as a CO2 footprint reduction for the community in excess of 1,400,000 pounds. Now that’s going GREEN in big way!

Other features of the Miami Beach exhibit included the city’s new electric car charging stations and car sharing program, plus the Greater Miami and Beaches Hotel Association’s sustainable hotel room display with “green” room elements supplied by the city’s top green-oriented hotels, including the Shore Club, Clifton, The Palms and Dream South Beach. Also on deck was ECOMB, the Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches, a leader in sustainable initiatives in the city and a driving force behind a wide variety of environmentally friendly programs from recycling to energy conservation and educational programs.

DecoBike would like to thank the City of Miami Beach and Jose Garcia, organizer of MiaGreen Expo & Conference for all your efforts in making this a great event.

For more info on MiaGreen Expo: http://www.miagreen.com

NBC Miami: DecoBike is the “Best Ride on the Beach”

NBC Miami: Decobike is the Best Ride on the Beach

Art Deco Weekend comes around once a year and draws thousands of people who flock to Ocean Drive while cars are kept away. Food vendors, street performers, models, magicians, parades and more, Art Deco Weekend was fun for all to enjoy. The weather was perfect for the community to take to the streets. With traffic and parking congestion at its peak, it’s no wonder why NBC Miami named Decobike the “Best Ride on the Beach.” Nearly 10,000 people opted for good old fashion Decobike pedal power as the easiest and most fun way to navigate South Beach. Of course with self-powered LED lights, handy mobile apps to locate bikes and dozens of solar-powered bicycle sharing stations to pick them up and drop them off, Decobike is no ordinary bike.

NBC article:

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Art-Deco-Weekend–137390553.html

MIAMI BEACH HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD APPROVES MAJOR BIKE PATH PROJECT ON DADE BOULEVARD

The operators of the DECOBIKE Miami Beach Bikeshare are pleased to announce that the long-overdue Dade Boulevard Bicycle & Pedestrian Pathway project is moving forward. After much debate, the Historic Preservation Board gave its final approvals to commence construction on this project that was almost in jeopardy of losing approximately $4,000,000 in federal grant funding.

DECOBIKE advocated for this project to improve mobility in the community for all, whether traveling by bike, on foot or in a wheelchair as a substantial measure to increase safety in this busy area. It also puts other improvements including landscaping and noise-reducing barriers for nearby residents. With thousands of daily riders, the DECOBIKE bicycle sharing program always seeks to improve local bicycle infrastructure.

Construction commences today on this project and should be substantially complete by August 2012.

Read the Miami Herald article here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/01/10/2583255/miami-beach-preservation-board.html

 

DECOBIKE: Award-Winning Bike Share Program to Provide Sustainable Transportation for Boat Show Patrons

DECOBIKE TEAMS UP WITH MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

Award-Winning Bike Share Program to Provide Sustainable Transportation for Boat Show Patrons

 MIAMI BEACH, FL – DECOBIKE has quickly become the new and “green” way to get around the Miami Beach area. This urban transportation solution is designed to replace short, local trips normally made car with DECOBIKES, and is aimed at saving riders from the hassles of expensive and hard to find parking for automobiles. Aside from saving riders time and money, it’s also the best way to experience the Miami Beach area.

With a city-wide network of more than 85 kiosk locations and 1,000 custom DECOBIKES, the program is available to all residents and visitors, 24 hours a day. DECOBIKE kiosks are automated and are conveniently located around the Miami Beach Convention Center as well as most major hotels, shops, restaurants, beaches and other attractions to help eliminate the need for a cars or taxis while in the city. “DECOBIKE is a fun and sustainable transportation alternative for our patrons,” says Melissa Gaffney of the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

 Since its launch in March, DECOBIKE has logged nearly 550,000 rides in Miami Beach and their bikes have traveled more than 1.3 million miles.  The program recently won the prestigious US Conference of Mayors City Livability Award thanks to the benefits it confers upon the community. It also is the country’s most comprehensive bike share system featuring the best bike-to-resident ratio and most stations per square mile, making it a viable public transportation option.

Riders can access all available DECOBIKES at any kiosk throughout the City of Miami Beach and its famous South Beach Art Deco District. Appropriately geared up to serve the patrons of the Miami International Boat Show, there are multiple DECOBIKE kiosk locations surrounding the Miami Beach Convention Center as well as the in-water display adjacent to the Biscayne Bay Marriot and Sea Isle Marina in the Downtown Miami area, making it the first bike sharing program in the world to serve as an alternative form of public transportation for an international boat show and yachting event of this magnitude. Locating kiosks and available bikes is made easy with online maps and mobile apps.
For visitors to the area, there are several affordable rental options available, ranging from 30 minutes to 24 hours, while residents can gain access to the system via long-term membership subscriptions. Visitors do not need to pre-register and only need a valid credit or debit card. Patrons can simply approach any kiosk and select any available bike they wish. Bikes can then be docked at any kiosk in the city when done riding. When ready to ride again, riders can check out another bike from any station in the city by swiping their card again. The system remembers who the rider is and no additional charges will be incurred during the selected rental period. “Ride, Dock & Repeat” is an easy way for riders to remember how the program works.

DECOBIKE is expanding services into several other U.S. cities and is developed and operated by DECOBIKE, LLC. The Miami International Boat Show runs from February 16-20, 2012 and is one of the largest boat shows in the world, operated by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.  DECOBIKE will also be providing bicycle sharing and rental services throughout the Yacht & Brokerage Show venue along Collins Avenue and Indian Creek in Miami Beach, which hosts one of the world’s largest collection of megayachts and is operated by Show Management.
How to locate kiosk and available bikes:

Web Map:         http://www.decobike.com/map-location.php

iPhone app:      DecoBike  |  Android app: CityBikes

Print Maps:       Each kiosk also features a permanent map posted on it and most kiosks also have a dispenser for printed maps to take for free

 Corporate, Press & Marketing Inquiries:

Email:              management@decobike.com