NACTO Report Shows the Swift Rise of Bike Share

A new report recently released by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) documents the incredible rise of bike share in the U.S. since the first modern system launched in 2010. In just six years, bike share riders took a stunning 88 million trips.

And 28 million, or about 30% of all trips, were taken last year alone. With systems like Citi Bike shattering ridership records on the regular, that number is expected to grow exponentially in the years to come.

NACTO also analyzed bike share by operator and vendor and found that Motivate operates 75% of the bikes in bike shares and four of the five largest systems in the U.S., including Citi Bike in NYC, Divvy in Chicago, Hubway in the Boston area and Capital Bikeshare in the D.C. area. Those four systems altogether accounted for nearly 80% of all bike share trips across the country in 2016.

And NACTO also detailed how bike share is becoming more equitable, thanks to robust community outreach and increased affordability programs. Partnerships like the one Citi Bike has  forged with the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation have proven to significantly increase membership in underserved neighborhoods.

Another interesting finding was that most bike share trips are relatively short — on average 12 minutes for members and 25 minutes for casual users– suggesting bike share is often used “for functional, point-to-point transportation and/or as an extension of the public transit network.”

“The growth of bike share,” NACTO concludes, “shows no signs of stopping” and “more people on bike share means that more people are saving time, realizing new opportunities for exercise and health, and finding it easier to access economic opportunities.”

We couldn’t agree more.