Bike Share Trips are on the Rise in the U.S.
What a great statistic to read this morning is the growth of Bike Share trips in the United States. According to the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), there were 88 million bike share trips taken between 2010 through 2016. Just in the year 2016 alone, there were 28 million bike share trips taken (on par with the annual ridership of the entire Amtrak system!) That’s an outstanding number as it shows the public support for bike share programs across the U.S.
The country’s largest systems generate the vast majority of all bike share rides, with the five biggest systems (Citi Bike in New York, Capital Bikeshare in Greater Washington DC, Citi Bike in Miami, Divvy in Chicago, and Hubway in Greater Boston) generating 85% of all bike share trips.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see Las Vegas reach that type of height of ridership!
LAS VEGAS BIKE SHARE PROGRAM
As you may recall, I reported on the launch of the bike share program started here in Las Vegas back in September 2016. Bike Share is a great way to go short distances on bikes instead of driving. For example, if you are commuting or traveling to a location that is a few blocks away, instead of walking, driving or taking the bus, it’s easier to jump on a bike share bike. Basically, bike share locations are spread throughout the city. You find a bike share that is closest to your starting point, jump on a bike, and then ride to the nearest bike share station to your destination where you will then walk the rest of the way. It’s an idea that encourages people to take alternative transportation and it gets them outside, enjoying the commute vs. sitting in their car and wasting almost the same amount in gas.
Here are a list of stations where you will be able to purchase a bike share trip:
- Oakey Blvd & Casino Center
- California Ave & Main St
- 4th St & Charleston Blvd
- 3rd St & Hoover Ave
- Boulder Plaza
- Garces Ave & Las Vegas Blvd
- Premium Outlets
- Bonneville Transit Center
- 3rd St & Bonneville Ave
- 11th St & Garces Ave
- Maryland Pkwy & Rue 13
- Clark Ave & Las Vegas Blvd
- City Hall
- 4th St & Bridger Ave
- 8th St & Bridger Ave
- 6th St & Carson Ave
- Maryland Pkwy & Fremont St
- Fremont St & 8th St
- 3rd St & Stewart Ave
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE BIKE SHARE PROGRAM?
The RTC Las Vegas Bike Share program has three purchase options:
- Single Trip ticket – $4 for a singe ride up to 30 minutes long.
- 24 Hour Trip ticket – $8 for the use of a bike share bike for 24 hours, however, you must dock it every 30 minutes.
- Monthly Pass – $20 for the unlimited rides per month, but with the same rule of having to dock it every 30 minutes.
Learn more about the RTC Bike Share program and sign up for a ride or membership here.