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.

user survey

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:

  • Phase One: Prepare a Feasibility Study for bike share in Raleigh
  • Phase Two: Create an Implementation Plan for Bike Share in Raleigh

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:

  • Identify the variety of options for a bike share program, including potential approaches to financing.
  • Evaluate existing conditions regarding demographics, infrastructure, policies and economics that may have an effect in implementing a bike share program.
  • Evaluate existing business models and provide recommendations about what ownership and operation model is best suited for implementing a potential bike share program in the Raleigh.
  • Identify areas that may be conducive for implementing a bike share program.
  • Provide implementing guidelines that will help the City with siting, sizing and expediting the permits for implementing a bike share program.

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.

Characteristics of a bike share program:

  • It is oriented to short-term, point-to-point use.
  • Most rides are only around 15-20 minutes and 1-3 miles.
  • The bicycle can be returned to any number of self-serve bike share stations, including the original check out location.
  • Generally, the bicycles are one style and easy to operate with simple components and adjustable seats.
  • The rental transaction is fully automated and there is no need for on-site staff.

Why bike share?

  • Reduction of personal transportation and health care costs (these items make up over 22% of average U.S. household spending).
  • Reduction in car-related carbon emissions (e.g. Denver B-cycle helped avoid 729,783 lbs of CO2 in 2011).
  • Healthy commuting alternative (30 minutes of daily exercise can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease).
  • Strengthen economic development and increase economic activity (77% of Deco Bike users in Miami were more likely to patronize a business with a bike share station close-by).
  • It provides first-mile and last-mile connections to transit and can also help relieve the pressure on over-capacity transit lines during peak hours.

How much will bike share cost to use?

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):

  • One-day memberships: $5 to $10
  • Weekly memberships: $15 to $25
  • One month memberships: $25 to $50
  • One year memberships: $50 to $100

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.

What forms of payment are accepted?

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.

Are theft and vandalism major concerns?

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.

Read more about bike sharing:

Bike Sharing in The United States: State of the Practice and Guide to Implementation ►

Federal Lands Report ►

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center ►

The Bike-share Planning Guide ►

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:

Aspen - Boston - Boulder - Chicago - Denver - Madison