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1 smartcommute.ca/hamilton Bikesharing Plans for the Rest of Us! Planning a system for a midsized Canadian City Presented to: Sustainable Mobility Conference November 5, 2011 Presented By: Peter Topalovic City of Hamilton x.5129

2 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Preface: the elephant in the room

3 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Preface: does size matter? 0.5 million 1 million 3.4 million 5.5 million

4 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Preface: is Hamilton ready? But mom, Sean has one so I want one too! City of Hamilton Bike Share Demonstration, August 2010

5 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Outline Evolution and Context Why Bike Share? How Did We Get Here? Where are we Going? Business Plan Location, Location! Market Analysis Next Steps

6 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Evolution of Bike Share Programs 1 st generation 1960s – Free Love, Free Bikes e.g. white bicycle program (Amsterdam) 2 nd generation Membership/Co-op based model Manual or Web-based administration e.g. Toronto Yellow Bike program 3 rd generation/4 th generation Fee-per-use model, full public access Focus on short trips (first 30-min free) Smart-card or phone, pay by credit Consists of bikes, racks, stations High start-up/capital costs e.g. Bixi 1 2 3

7 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Context Next Generation Bike share programs growing in popularity in North America and Canada GTHA Wide Interest, especially at Universities and Colleges All major Canadian cities are using a Bixi-based technology

8 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Why Bike Share? WHEN? TIME Weekday peak hour Weekday off-peak Evening Weekend WHETHER? SUBSTITUTES Telework Teleconferencing Online shopping Trip chaining WHY? PURPOSE Work School Shopping RecreationWHERE? DESTINATION Street Neighbourhood Community City HOW? MODE Walking Cycling Public transit Car driver/passenger TDM: Strategies and policies to reduce travel demand Bikeshare is more than just a supply issue

9 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Why Bike Share? Promotes cycling by increasing access to bicycles, raising the profile of cycling and acceptance of cycling as a normal travel behaviour Can be implemented relatively quickly and at little cost compared to other transportation systems Reduces Congestion, air pollution and GHG emissions Improves health through the promotion of active transportation Contributes to a Citys menu of transportation modal options for citizens, reducing SOV dependence Helps achieve Hamiltons goals through Vision2020, Transportation Master Plan and TDM initiatives

10 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Why Bike Share? Bicycle sharing is the perfect mode of transit to fill the gap between trips that are too far to walk & too short to drive

11 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Transit Supportive Design Bicycle sharing is the perfect mode of transit to fill the gap between trips that are too far to walk & too short to drive B-Line A-Line Minneapolis Nice Ride: users reported a 10% increase in their transit use

12 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Hamiltons Potential System - Cost Stations, bikes, cost, key players Financing – quick wins (metrolinx) x 35 x 300

13 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Hamiltons Potential System - Analysis x 35 x 300 Where, How many, and Who? Population density Household income level Household age Household education level Short distance trip-making Already using active modes of transportation Proximity to key trip generators / attractors Origin-Destination data Existing Transit Routes, Stations and Stops Market Survey

14 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Hamiltons Potential System - Analysis x 35 x 300 Is there potential? 80,000 residents in service area 8% uptake to be profitable 50% of all trips made are 1-2 km in length in Hamilton Greater than 80% of trips originate and end in the City Proposed service area is the largest employment area Initial survey shows support Stakeholder interest is high Highest level of alternative modes in the service area

15 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton How did we get here? McMaster Students Union and Sustainability Office looks at a campus-based bikeshare system McMaster Arts & Science students complete a feasibility analysis & survey for Hamilton Workshop #1 Stakeholder group tests B- Cycle and Bixi A 3 rd/ 4 th generation bike share is recommended Green Venture conducts a business case to determine how a 3 rd generation system would be implemented by a not-for-profit Mohawk Transportation student conducts a station location analysis based on population and transportation data Business-case identifies the need for a market survey and analysis conducted by McMaster MBA students Bike Share Business Plan is developed Analysis and roadmap to develop a system Workshop #2 Feedback on the business plan, station locations and market analysis 2009 Jan Aug Apr Oct Dec. 2011

16 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton What did we learn so far Feasibility A city with dense urban areas with mixed uses should consider a next gen system – is this a general rule? Were not sure! Demographics and Density Population density in the service area Station density should be considered – 400m? 500m? 800m? Origin – Destination: the more trips that originate and terminate in the service area, the more potential uptake Level of existing cycling/walking/transit culture Bike Lanes vs. Bike Share Treat them separately Bikes on the ground create a push for more infrastructure Sean?

17 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton What did we learn so far Paying for the System Most successful systems cover their capital costs through grants Advertising and sponsorship cover operating deficits Public Bikes vs. Public Transit Transit: 50% cost recovery is acceptable Bike Share: must be revenue neutral, which is a bigger challenge Multi-modal and TDM Bike share systems can improve ridership or smooth out demand Help eliminate first/last mile commute issues Tie in to public health, air quality and GHG emissions issues

18 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Where do we go next? Promoting the Business Plan Finalizing the Market Research HSR and Metrolinx support Grants and funding secured System and stations planned Get Council Approval (Dec. 5 th ) Secure land for stations Tender a system contract Tender an operating contract Install the system Promote and maintain the system We Are Here

19 Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Bike sharing plans for the rest of us ACT Canada November 2012 P. Topalovic City of Hamilton Thank-you Peter Topalovic, M.Eng Project Manager – Transportation Demand Management Program Manager – Smart Commute Hamilton Mobility Programs and Special Projects Public Works Department (HSR) City of Hamilton Address: 77 James Street North, Suite 400, Hamilton ON, L8R-2K3 Tel: x Web: smartcommutehamilton.casmartcommutehamilton.ca


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