Starting today, Motivate, North America’s largest bike share operator, will be providing bike share data for several of our systems in “general bike share feed specification” or GBFS for short.

GBFS takes inspiration from the General Transit Feed Specification, which was developed to make it easier for map makers and app makers to take transit data in a standardized format. The General Transit Feed Specification has led to the creation of thousands of transit apps around the world. It is a big part of the reason why you can get transit directions in hundreds of cities around the globe with the click of a mouse or a few taps on your phone screen. Bike share companies across North America have agreed to adopt GBFS to offer a similar level of standardization and ease of use, for developers, map-makers and researchers, in hopes that they will begin to incorporate more bike share data into their apps, maps and research studies. As part of the move to GBFS bike share systems will also begin publishing useful information for app users in a more standardized way; for example station relocations, “valet” or “pop-up” stations, and other service modifications.Motivate is committed to providing open data for all our systems and while we’ve converted four to GBFS today, we’ll be working to bring more into this standard in the months ahead.

Which Motivate systems offer GBFS now?

If you’re a developer, map maker, researcher or open data nerd, you can get the data here.

What’s up next?
More of our systems will be converted to this standard over the coming months.

Beyond Motivate
A complete list of cities offering bike share data in GBFS format can be found here.

Motivate to Offer System Data in more Developer-Friendly Format — Motivate

Motivate to Offer System Data in more Developer-Friendly Format

Starting today, Motivate, North America’s largest bike share operator, will be providing bike share data for several of our systems in “general bike share feed specification” or GBFS for short.

GBFS takes inspiration from the General Transit Feed Specification, which was developed to make it easier for map makers and app makers to take transit data in a standardized format. The General Transit Feed Specification has led to the creation of thousands of transit apps around the world. It is a big part of the reason why you can get transit directions in hundreds of cities around the globe with the click of a mouse or a few taps on your phone screen. Bike share companies across North America have agreed to adopt GBFS to offer a similar level of standardization and ease of use, for developers, map-makers and researchers, in hopes that they will begin to incorporate more bike share data into their apps, maps and research studies. As part of the move to GBFS bike share systems will also begin publishing useful information for app users in a more standardized way; for example station relocations, “valet” or “pop-up” stations, and other service modifications.Motivate is committed to providing open data for all our systems and while we’ve converted four to GBFS today, we’ll be working to bring more into this standard in the months ahead.

Which Motivate systems offer GBFS now?

  • Capital Bikeshare (Washington, D.C. area)
  • Hubway (Boston area)
  • Citi Bike (New York and New Jersey)
  • Pronto (Seattle)

If you’re a developer, map maker, researcher or open data nerd, you can get the data here.

What’s up next?
More of our systems will be converted to this standard over the coming months.

Beyond Motivate
A complete list of cities offering bike share data in GBFS format can be found here.