Bikeshare

Raleigh Bikeshare

SUMMER 2018

Bikeshare is coming to Raleigh! Raleigh’s 300-bike, 30-station system is scheduled to launch in Spring 2018! The system, which will have both conventional bikes and e-assist bikes, will cover downtown Raleigh, along Hillsborough Street, as well as most of the downtown universities, NCMA, and Walnut Creek Wetland Center. 

Overview

On November 21, 2017, The Raleigh City Council authorized the contract with Bewegen Technologies Inc. for the Phase 1 of Raleigh Bikeshare program. The bikeshare program will functions as a public self-serve bicycle rental system for short trips and will include 300 bikes across 30 stations. Of the 300 bikes, half with be electric-assist, which will provide riders with a small electric motor and is are useful for people who ride in hilly areas or are new to riding. The system, which is scheduled to launch in Summer 2018, will cover downtown Raleigh, as well as stations in southeast Raleigh, Hillsborough Street, the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, and the North Carolina Museum of Arts.

This map shows the preliminary station locations for Phase 1 of Raleigh's bikeshare system. These locations have not been finalized and are currently undergoing further refinement. This map is based on the station location map included in the Raleigh Bike Share Implementation Plan (December 2014).

Download a printable version of the preliminary station location map here!

Project History

In June 2014, Bike Raleigh completed the Bikeshare Feasibility Study, which collected feedback from stakeholders and the public and it analyzed Raleigh’s demographics, transit service, and bicycle network, concluding that bikeshare would be a be a benefit to the City of Raleigh.

In December of 2014, the subsequent Implementation Plan was completed, recommended two phases for implementation: Phase 1 to include 300 bikes and 30 stations in downtown Raleigh, southeast Raleigh, North Carolina State University (NCSU), and the North Carolina Museum of Art. Phase 2 to add 20 stations, increase the fleet by 200 bikes, and expand the system footprint to include the Centennial Campus of NCSU and the Five Points area.

To implement Phase I, staff selected the Bikeshare vendor Bewegen Technologies, Inc., through a Request for Proposals process that included in-person interviews and public bikeshare demonstrations with three different vendors. On June 6, 2017, Council authorized contract negotiations with Bewegen to implement, operate, and maintain the proposed 300-bike, 30-station Bikeshare system.  Following negotiations, staff and Bewegen have completed contract negotiations and have produced a master service contract and two ancillary agreements: one for system implementation and one for operations and maintenance, which were approved on November 21, 2017.

Project Timeline

June 2014 – BikeRaleigh Completes Feasibility Study

December 2014 – BikeRaleigh Completes Implementation Plan

March 15, 2016 – City Council Votes to Approve Bikeshare

September 6, 2016 – NCDOT Authorizes $1.6M in Federal Funding for Implementation

September 9, 2016 – BikeRaleigh Advertises Request for Information

November 21, 2016 – Wake County Contributes $200,000 for Implementation

March 6, 2017 – BikeRaleigh Advertises Request for Proposals

May 3-10, 2017 – BikeRaleigh Holds Interviews and Public Demonstrations with Top 3 Teams

June 6, 2017 – City Council Authorizes Contract Negotiations with Bewegen Technologies, Inc.

November 21, 2017 – City Council Approves Contract with Bewegen Technologies, Inc.

Winter 2018 to Spring 2018 – System Planning, Implementation, and Installation

Summer 2018 – Raleigh Bikeshare Launch

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