Bike sharing

Bike sharing programs loan or rent bicycles for short trips, providing a convenient, affordable way to get around without a car.

Anaheim is  California’s first city with a citywide bike share program. Previously bike sharing in California was focused on student populations in college towns and on university campuses, including Arcata, Cal Poly Pomona, Davis, Pitzer College (Claremont), UC Irvine, UCLA,  UC San Diego  and UC Santa Cruz.

Los Angeles is expected to introduce bike sharing later this year and a separate bike share program will open next year in  Santa Monica. The nation’s first regional bike sharing program, to  be launched in San Francisco, Redwood City, Mountain View, Palo Alto and San Jose, in connection with the Caltrain commuter rail system, was expected to be operating by this summer, but continues to suffer from delays and has no firm launch date in sight.

Outside California, bike sharing programs operate in Boston,  Boulder, Charlotte,  Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Houston, Kailua (Oahu),  Kansas City, Madison,  Miami, Minneapolis, Omaha, Salem, MA,  San Antonio and Washington, D.C.  Bike sharing programs are scheduled to open in Chattanooga, New York City and Philadelphia later this year and next   year in Portland, OR.

Resources

Bicycle sharing system
Extensive Wikipedia entry on bicycle sharing programs, including types and history, as well as links to bike-sharing programs around the world.

The Bike-Sharing Blog
News about bike-sharing as another form of public transportation.

Public Bikesharing in North  America: Early Operator and  User Understanding
A June 2012 report from the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.