About the Rutgers Regional Bicycle Share Program
Bike share is an open and public system of bicycles meant to be used for short trips (usually less than an hour). Users can check out a bicycle from a defined location and return the bicycle to either the same location or another location within a fixed time period. Bike share is open to the public. Anyone can use the bicycles by paying an hourly, daily, monthly or annual fee to access the service, which is available 24/7.
What is "smart" bike share?
Smart bike share is different from conventional bike share. Each bicycle is equipped with a GPS unit and each "station" is a virtually defined hub location, usually a center of activity with existing bicycle racks. No fixed docking stations are necessary. All technology needed to check out, check in, lock or unlock the bicycle is included on the bicycle itself. Smart bike share is more flexible for the user as well as the operator.
How would bike share benefit the region?
Bike share has many regional transportation benefits, including the following:
  • Encourages non-motorized, active transportation
  • Solves the "last mile challenge" between transit stops and final destinations
  • Improves regional mobility and access
  • Provides an affordable transportation alternative
  • Reduces regional traffic congestion
  • Mitigates university transit demand
  • Collects robust bicycling distance and route data to reveal user patterns that will facilitate future bicycle infrastructure efforts
Implementation Timeline
Spring 2017
  • Public Involvement (January-April)
  • Submit Environmental Review Documents (March)
  • Obtain Resolutions of Support (May)
  • Advertise Request for Proposals (May)
Summer 2017
  • Vendor Selection (June)
  • Submit Authorization Package (June)
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
Program Development and rollout