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Bikeshare Transit Webinar Series

A series of 4 webinars on Bike Sharing Bicycle Transit systems; registration includes recordings of previous sessions

When: Wednesdays: Dec 4, Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 5
3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern
Contact: Debra Goeks

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APBP Bikeshare Transit Webinar Series
Three sessions: December 4, 2013; January 8, February 5
Bonus session: "The Future of Bikeshare Transit Systems"  March 5, 2014
3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern
Fee: $100 for the series (APBP members) | $170 for the series (non-APBP Members)
Links to recordings of past sessions will be provided with the series purchase.

Bike share programs are transforming public transportation in cities of all sizes. In 2013 the total size of bike share systems in the United States more than doubled with launches in major cities (New York, Chicago and San Francisco among them) and continued expansions in existing systems. Cities increasingly recognize bicycle sharing as an essential piece of their overall transportation systems, for reasons of mobility, livability and economic competitiveness.

Join APBP for a 3-part webinar series that explores the rapidly evolving domain of bike sharing as bicycle transit in the larger context of transportation planning. Each session features case studies and perspectives from professionals in cities with a wide range of experience in bicycle sharing operations and business models. If your jurisdiction is preparing to jump into bike share—or even just thinking about it—you should attend this webinar series to learn how to set the stage for a successful system that will function effectively as an essential and complementary component of a balanced transit system.

Beginning with the basics of bike share, the three sessions will cover these topics:

• State of the industry -- system types, scales, business models
• Essential preparations for success: service area, demand analysis and feasibility
• Funding models for planning, implementation and operations
• Attracting and negotiating with sponsors
• Promoting and expanding your system
• Getting to sustainability: economics, expansion and equity

The series includes a fourth bonus session that brings together a panel of industry representatives to discuss the future of hardware and operations, what to expect as the technology develops, and how the relationships between agencies and their industry partners will evolve.

Who should attend? Municipal staff, transit agency staff, managers of educational, corporate and healthcare campuses, and members of Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees (BPACs), as well as elected officials and staff of bicycle advocacy organizations.

Webinars are 90 minutes each and take place on the first Wednesday, December through March, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. Individual sessions in the series include:

#1, Introduction to Bikeshare Transit Systems
This session was produced on 12/4/13; a link to the recording will be provided with the series purchase.

The introductory session provides an overview of the current state of the industry of bike sharing, including the basic types of systems in place at the end of 2013, business and operational models, and scale of implementation. Participants will gain an understanding of bicycle sharing as a form of ‘personal’ public transit and how local agencies are working to integrate these systems into long range transportation plans. Individual presenters will describe:

· An overview of current bicycle sharing system hardware, operations and user characteristics in North America, based on ongoing research being conducted by the Mineta Transportation Institute;

· Preliminary results from recent survey data spanning several bike share systems on trip purpose and impacts of bike sharing on other modes;

· A detailed case study of the Capital Bikeshare system in Arlington County, Virginia, which launched in 2010 as a regional system with Washington D.C. and is now one of the longest running current generation bike share systems.

· The Arlington Bike Share Transit Development Plan, which conducted a comprehensive review of the Capital Bikeshare program in Arlington and plans for service expansion to 2018 as part of overall transportation program funding

Lora Byala, AICP, President, Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning
Chris Eatough, Program Manager, BikeArlington, Arlington County, Virginia
Susan Shaheen, PhD, Co-Director, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, UC-Berkeley

#2, Funding Bikeshare Transit Systems
This session was produced on 1/8/14; a link to the recording will be provided with the series purchase.

This session focuses on funding bike sharing programs. Attendees will learn how to formulate an initial business plan and assemble different sources of funding to successfully launch and operate a system. Presenters will discuss case studies of different funding sources used for capital and ongoing operations of bike share, including fully public funded, fully sponsor funded, public-private partnerships, and blends of these financing models. Individual presenters will describe:

  • Steps to prepare an initial business plan for bike sharing, using the recent Bike Share Philadelphia Strategic Business Plan as a case study;
  • Use of federal and local transportation funding sources to run the Divvy bike share program in Chicago;
  • Best practices for acquiring bike share sponsorship, based on experiences negotiating sponsors for a range of systems including Portland, New York, and Chattanooga;
  • DecoBike’s privately-funded systems in the Miami Beach area that rely on advertising and sponsor branding through a public-private partnership model.

Mia Birk, Vice President, Alta Bicycle Share
Tony Hull, Senior Planner, Toole Design Group
Scott Kubly, Former Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation
Colby Reese, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, DecoBike.

#3, Institutionalizing Bikeshare Transit Systems

This session was produced on 2/5/14; a link to the recording will be provided with the series purchase.


This session focuses on equity and sustainability of bike sharing programs. In earlier sessions of this webinar series, we have discussed bike sharing as a public transit component that is affordable and can improve transportation choices. Yet bike share user demographics in many systems do not reflect the diverse populations of their communities. The panel will discuss strategies to make bike share more inclusive to low-income and minority residents, including partnerships with public health and innovative programs to reduce barriers to membership. Presenters will describe:

  • The role of public health in bike share as an inclusive and prevention-based form of public transit;
  • Early planning steps to ensure that stations are sited equitably in all areas of a community;
  • Hubway’s program of subsidized memberships and reduced fee structures for low income residents;
  • Capital Bikeshare’s partnership with Bank on DC which offers bank and credit card access to ‘underbanked’ residents;
  • San Antonio B-Cycle’s partnerships and emphasis on public health and parks access to achieve system growth in an equitable and sustainable manner. 

Nicole Freedman, Director of Bicycle Programs, City of Boston
Kim Lucas, Bicycle Program Specialist, District Department of Transportation
Julia Murphy, AICP, Special Projects Manager, City of San Antonio
Ken Rose, Associate Director of Policy, Centers for Disease Control
Bartek Starodej, Program Assistant, German Marshall Fund of the U.S.


#4, The Future of Bikeshare Transit Systems (Bonus session; free to APBP members and those who registered for the series)
Wednesday, March 5 | 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET

Continuing Education Credits: APBP will provide attendance certificates to those who document their professional development hours; each 90-minute webinar provides 1.5 hours of training (.15 CEU). APBP applies to the AICP for 1.5 Certification Maintenance credits for each webinar; 6 CM credits total for the series.

Fees: Buy the complete series at a 33% discount. Register for three sessions for $100 (APBP Member rate; non-member rate is $170). Individual webinars in this series may be purchased for $50 each (APBP Member rate; non-member rate is $85). To register for just one webinar, click here.

Each site license includes one phone connection (toll charges apply, or use VoIP), one Internet connection, one set of handouts for unlimited attendees in the same location, and access to the recording. (You may be required to download free software from Citrix GoToMeeting in order to participate in the webinar.) APBP accepts Visa, MasterCard or AMEX. For more information, contact Debra Goeks (262-228-7025 or info at

Recording: The Bikeshare Transit Webinar Series will be recorded; links to the recordings of all sessions are included with the site license. If you register for the series after the first or second live session, you will automatically receive access to the recordings of the previous session(s).