The City of Raleigh is excited to begin the process of exploring the feasibility of bringing a bike share system to the Capital City. While we are still in the exploratory phase of bike share, we would like to hear from you. Please use this website to learn more about the project, about bike share and about the possibilities that bike share represents for Raleigh.
To make your voice heard or to make a suggestion about possible locations for bikeshare stations please click on the following links:
is bike share feasible in Raleigh?
Yes, it is! The Raleigh Bike Share Feasibility Report is complete! The report includes case studies from programs across the country, a community profile, and a summary of opportunities and challenges to launching a Raleigh bike share system. View Bike Share Feasibility Report Summary Presentation.
how hot is Raleigh?
Take a look at the Raleigh Bike Share Demand Analysis report. The report compiles several data sets and develops “heat maps” that show where a bike share system might be successful in Raleigh.
Let us know a little bit more about your bicycling practices and your opinion about bike share. Please take a few minutes to provide your feedback by taking this short survey: bikeshare survey
The City of Raleigh is conducting a feasibility study and implementation plan for a bike share program because of the growing bicycle culture and the commitment to becoming a bicycle friendly community. A bike share system represents a unique opportunity for the City to increase the use of bicycles for relatively short-range travel, reduce the negative impacts of single occupancy vehicles and encourage a shift to other modes of transportation.
This project will be a comprehensive planning-level analysis of the bike share concept and will determine the likely success of a bike-sharing program in Raleigh. The project will consist of two separate phases:
In December 2013, the City of Raleigh selected Toole Design Group to lead its bike share feasibility and implementation study. Work has commenced on studying the feasibility of bringing bike share to Raleigh. Taskforce and stakeholder meetings are being planned for Spring 2014. The results of this study will be presented to the City in Summer 2014.
The study will assess existing conditions conducive to providing an alternative transportation network to facilitate user access and mobility. More specifically, this study will:
Bike share is an innovative transportation program, whereby system subscribers have access to bicycles through self-service kiosk locations throughout the community. The system is accessed through low-cost subscriptions ranging from a few dollars for one-day to annual memberships that generally cost between $60 and $100 per year.
The City of Raleigh is in the process of assessing the feasibility of a bike share system, thus the costs are yet to be determined. However, U.S. bike share systems generally offer the following membership options (this is a sample only):
Once you are a member, the first 30-to-60 minutes of every ride are typically free. If the user rides longer, fees are added to a rider’s total cost.
Most U.S. systems require a credit or debit card to become a member and check out a bike. This helps make riders more accountable for all ridership costs and prevents theft. Since this issue has presented some barriers for people who don’t have access to a credit or debit card, various systems around the U.S. have been implementing pilot programs to make their services more accessible. The City of Raleigh will be evaluating different options to make bike share easily and readily available to everyone.
Existing bike share systems are built with security mechanisms that help deter theft or vandalism while withstanding year-round weather conditions. To this end, users must use a credit or debit card or their membership key to check out a bike, which creates user accountability. In a recent study, all existing systems reported less than 1% of bicycles vandalized or stolen.
Charlotte, NC – Charlotte B-cycle
Chattanooga, TN - BikeChattanooga
Nashville, TN – Nashville Greenbikes
Washington DC Area – Capital Bikeshare
Find out more about additional existing bike share systems around the country by visiting their websites: