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San Diego Council Committee Approves Bike Sharing Program

— A city committee has approved a corporate partnership with the bike-sharing program DecoBike. The city is also trying to make streets safer for those who travel on two wheels.

Currently, there is an average of 70 bike accidents every month on city streets. That number is part of the reason that this May, the San Diego County Grand Jury recommended the city gear up to fix and clearly mark bike lanes, such as adding prominent green stripes to help direct traffic.


Bikes on a San Diego street.

Aired 6/20/13 on KPBS News.

A City Council committee approved a corporate partnership with bike-sharing company DecoBikes.

When New York began its bike-sharing program this year, residents grumbled loudly that it was unsafe and intrusive. That is not the case in San Diego where the plan has bi-partisan support, but there is still the question of safety. The city is working on shoring up infrastructure at the same time as they are gearing up to bring bike-sharing here.

Decobike provides bike-sharing programs for places like Miami Beach, Florida and Long Beach, New York and now it is now in partnership with the city of San Diego. The company was chosen from three bidders back in November 2012 and has been working with the city to get the plan onto wheels.

There is still a lot of work to be done – including holding public meetings to help decide just where the bikes will be located – is still up for debate. But there is a beginning date in mind; the company and the city are aiming for a three-month roll out starting in early 2014. The program is also predicted to bring 60 to 70 new jobs to the city.

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Eddie89 | June 20, 2013 at 10:28 a.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Phoenix tried a bike sharing program and they ended up getting rid of it. The reason was that homeless people were basically taking the free bikes and keeping them for themselves.

So much for "sharing". :-)

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CattWhite | June 21, 2013 at 6:43 a.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Not sure where you got your info Eddie, but Phoenix is rolling out a bike share program in December with CycleHop. Bike shares are successful in many, many cities and while they're all subject to some level of theft and vandalism, it's generally less than what private bike owners experience. Phoenix' main challenge - and a clear advantage for us - will be weather.

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Eddie89 | June 24, 2013 at 3:14 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

I lived in Phoenix for 17 years and I was there when it happened. :-) With the latest news, it looks like they're going to try it again. Here's an article from the Arizona Republic, money quote: "Phoenix is weighing a program through which people could rent bicycles from the city. A similar program was started in Phoenix in 1997, but nearly all of the 60 bikes vanished a month after the program launched."

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