Big Urbanization Trend Boosts Bike Share Systems
New York, USA – Global megacities from Guangzhou to Jakarta and Mexico City to New York are experiencing an unprecedented wave of growth that is putting intense pressure on existing transport systems. Cities will need proactive and innovative solutions to survive and thrive. One proven solution is bike-share.
Today, the majority of the world’s population lives in cities, and this trend toward urbanization is expected to continue. By 2030, 6 out of every 10 people in the world will live in a city. Right now, China is pushing ahead with a far-reaching plan to move 250 million rural residents into cities.
Individual transportation in cities
As said public bike-share systems offer a solution to cope with the growing need for (individual) transportation in cities. For instance, bike-share commuters in Washington, DC reduced the number of car miles driven by nearly 4.4 million last year. In addition to reducing congestion and commute times, bike-share improves air quality and provides an active mobility option.
Bike-Share Planning Guide
The Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) is working to spread these systems to cities around the world. For that ITDP released the Bike-Share Planning Guide, a tool for transport planners who recognize the value and viability of a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly mobility solution.
“A bike-way is a symbol that shows a citizen on a USD 30 bike is equally important as a citizen in a USD 30,000 car,” said Enrique Peñalosa, Former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia & ITDP Board President
To download the Bike-Share Planning Guide, click here: