Welcome to The Re-Dock — a weekly compendium of bike sharing news happening in places throughout the world. The Re-Dock stations you squarely at the center of the industry news that you want to know. This issue of the Re-Dock covers bike sharing news from February 25 through March 3.
In another smart move from the folks at “Late Night with Seth Myers”, the late night comedy show will sponsor this year’s SXcycles, a free bike share program available during SXSW. Users will be provided a helmet, U-lock, and Tern folding-bike on a first come, first serve basis for all-day use. While the system is free to use, a $150 deposit is required. In addition to SXcycles, Austin is also home to a new and expanding B-cycle system that is also gearing up with SXSW with its new RideScout partnership.
Citi Bike is facing a $15 million personal injury lawsuit. In October, 73-year-old Ronald Corwin from Westport, Conn flipped over a concrete barrier adjacent to a midtown Citi Bike station. According to his attorney, Mr. Corwin’s accident has resulted in a “traumatic nerve palsy that has left him unable to smell or taste.” Ronald Corwin and his wife are suing New York City and Alta Bicycle Share.
Denver, and now Seattle have demonstrated how strong political leadership can help lead to the successful funding of a bike share system. According to the Seattle Weekly, Mayor Ed Murray and Puget Sound Bike Share will soon announce that they have secured the final piece of funding required to launch the system. While the system is scheduled to begin operations this year, Puget Sound Bike Share still needs to acquire equipment.
Walkscore.com has released its list of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation. Nine of the Top 10 cities have an operational or planned city-wide bike share system in 2014. Tucson, Arizona is currently focused on studying the feasibility of a system.