San Diego City Council Unanimously Approves Long-term Contract with DecoBike LLC for Bicycle Sharing Program

Today the San Diego City Council approved a long-term contract with DecoBike LLC to implement and operate a city-wide bicycle sharing program.  The approval included a 10-year contract term as well as modifications of the city’s sign ordinances to allow advertising and sponsor branding on the bike sharing stations to help offset operations and capital costs while also earmarking  a portion of revenues for improving bicycle infrastructure throughout the city to benefit all residents and visitors. Also notable is the fact that DecoBike will launch the program without using any tax payer funds.

Representatives from nearly a dozen advocacy groups spoke at the city council meeting in support of the program, and to date, DecoBike has received unanimous support from all city council members.

Colby Reese, DecoBike’s chief marketing officer and co-founder, who spoke in front of the city council announced, “Today marks the beginning of a very exciting public-private partnership between DecoBike and the City of San Diego.  We are touched by the enthusiasm of the community. This is a journey that everyone benefits from. Simply put, it’s going to be the best ride in town.”

DecoBike co-founders Ricardo Pierdant and Bonifacio Diaz were also on hand for the council meeting. Mr. Pierdant exclaimed “The addition of DecoBike in San Diego will help to complete the city’s transportation networks as a highly efficient first-mile, last-mile commuter program, which is very complimentary to the city’s existing public transportation programs.”

Diaz added, “San Diego is such a beautiful city and we strive to improve mobility and the quality of life for everyone. Our program will create jobs, reduce air pollution and traffic congestion while moving people more efficiently around the city.”

Bike sharing programs have been proven to be effective at increasing commerce in the areas in which they operate, especially at retail, hospitality and food and beverage establishments. Various programs have conducted surveys with results indicating bike share members are 80-90% more likely on average to patronize establishments near bike share station locations. Ultimately, the results demonstrate bikes are good for business.

Public outreach will take place over the next couple months in order to identify the best station locations.  Residents can expect significant program coverage and station distribution, initially stretching from the Downtown and Hillcrest areas and up the coast to La Jolla. A crowdsourcing map will go live in August to allow all members of the public to suggest station locations. The program is slated to open in early 2014 with approximately 180 station locations and 1,800 custom bikes.

If you have any questions about the DecoBike San Diego program, send an email to: sandiego@decobike.com

DecoBike Miami Beach Bikeshare Celebrates it’s 2nd Anniversary and 2,133,530 Rides Logged!

Today marks the 2nd Anniversary of DecoBike’s award-winning Miami Beach Bikeshare program. In just two years the program has logged 2,133,530 rides and has generated in excess of 600,000 casual and subscription memberships—more than all other US bicycle sharing programs combined. We would like to thank all of our members and our staff, as well as the overwhelming support provided by the city of Miami Beach and our local residents and business community.

 

WEST PALM BEACH DDA BRINGS THE POPULAR DECOBIKE PROGRAM TO DOWNTOWN FOR NATIONAL URBANISM CONFERENCE

WEST PALM BEACH DDA BRINGS THE POPULAR DECOBIKE PROGRAM TO DOWNTOWN FOR NATIONAL URBANISM CONFERENCE

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (April 30, 2012)  DecoBike is joining forces with the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to showcase its “green,” alternative form of transportation during the Congress for the New Urbanism’s national CNU 20 event in West Palm Beach. The “bikeshare” program will offer a fun, environmentally friendly way for more than 1,000 attendees at the conference to move around the Downtown District. It will operate from Wednesday, May 9 through Saturday, May 12, and offer solar-powered bikeshare stations and dozens of DecoBikes at sites around Downtown West Palm Beach.

“We are very excited to be bringing our bicycle sharing program to the streets of Downtown West Palm Beach,” said Mr. Reese, chief marketing officer of DecoBike LLC. “It’s a great way to get a taste of an improved quality of life for those who live, work and play in the area. It’s also a terrific way for CNU 20 attendees and other visitors to get to know the city.”

DecoBike station locations include the Clematis District’s Centennial Square Park at the waterfront, CityPlace, and the Palm Beach County Convention Center. CNU 20 attendees can register for a free pass to access the system while members of the public wishing to check out a bike can do so just by swiping their credit card at the stations.

“The Earth-friendly bicycle sharing concept fits perfectly into the downtown lifestyle and we’ve been working towards bringing it to the area for a couple years. DecoBike has been such a success in Miami, so when the partnership opportunity arose with CNU, we couldn’t wait to introduce it here in Downtown West Palm Beach,” said Raphael Clemente, executive director of the DDA. “We hope locals and visitors alike see the benefit of mixing healthy entertainment with eco-conscious decisions.”

DecoBike’s Miami-Miami Beach bike sharing program has been heralded as one of the most successful bikeshare programs in North America, logging an average of more than 100,000 rides per month so far this year. Since its launch about one year ago, DecoBike’s riders have offset more than 2,400,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, journeyed more than 2,500,000 miles and burned over 90,000,000 calories.

The DecoBike demonstration will allow people to power their own journeys at their own pace and experience the benefits of bike sharing first-hand.  Bikeshare programs have become one of the most desired features of forward-thinking communities around the globe, both as “green” transportation and a healthy leisure amenity.  The results prove that individuals can have a positive impact on themselves and their communities through bike sharing.

For more information about DecoBike, please visit DecoBike.com.

For details on DecoBike in Downtown West Palm Beach or more information about the Clematis District, contact the DDA at (561) 833-8873 or visit WPBGO.com or westpalmbeachdda.com.

About the Downtown Development Authority

The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities.

DECOBIKE & CITY OF MIAMI BEACH WIN PRESTIGIOUS US CONFERENCE OF MAYORS AWARD

 

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Honors Miami Beach &  Its Successful DecoBike Bicycle Sharing Program

Miami Beach, FL, July 28, 2011

 The US Conference of Mayors presented the 2011 Outstanding Achievement in City Livability Award to the City of Miami Beach and its successful DecoBike public bicycle sharing program at Miami Beach City Hall.

For the past 32 years, the Civil Livability Awards Program has been one of the most competitive programs sponsored by The US Conference of Mayors. This program selects community projects that have developed innovative and successful methods to improve the quality of life for city residents.

“Because of its success and innovation, our bike sharing program was selected as the project highlighted in our application,” said Miami Beach City Manager Jorge Gonzalez. “DecoBike addresses our goal of enhancing mobility throughout the community and is revolutionizing the way residents and tourists get around.”

With a program scope of 100 solar-powered station locations and 1,000 custom bikes that is available 24/7, DecoBike has become a valuable mode of alternative public transportation. The program is the country’s most comprehensive bike share system with the best bike-to-resident ratio and most stations per square mile, making it a viable city-wide transportation option.

“DecoBike has demonstrated a high level of professionalism as a bike sharing program operator,” stated Miami Beach City Commissioner Jorge Exposito. “The feedback from the community has been very positive and people really love their bikes.”

“DecoBike is a valuable community partner responsible for the development and implementation of our city’s public bike sharing program. Since its opening, the program has enjoyed great success and a tremendous amount of usage from our residents and visitors alike, and has also earned the US Conference of Mayors award,” stated City Commissioner Michael Gongora who is also an advocate of environmentally-friendly programs. Gongora added, “DecoBike has truly demonstrated their commitment and dedication to our community and exceeded our expectations.”

For other cities seeking bike sharing, DecoBike continues to expand its “green” bike sharing systems beyond South Beach and Miami Beach into other communities as both an equipment vendor and program operator.  DecoBike is launching a new program in the City of Long Beach, New York in the summer of 2012 in addition to expanding services into other Florida municipalities.