Proximity to transit is the most important factor that determines the success and effectiveness of any urban transportation system. An excellent and popular transportation system will have better connectivity so that users can easily shuffle from one mode of transit to another. It is important to see that they are not delayed in making such switchovers or have to travel a great distance to avail the alternative mode of transport.

One of the most popular modes of transport today is the environment friendly and economic bikes. Even this mode of transportation must follow the ‘proximity’ concept while they determine their biking route and stations alongside it. It is important to align the stations that have the highest usage with the important transit hubs. These hubs could be the Metro stops or a bus terminal.

City Planning Reports

To ensure proximity the updated city planning reports must be considered. This will help a lot in placing the bike docking stations all over the city along the biking route and close to the transit hubs such as a subway or a bus stand. When proper planning is followed according to the existing transportation infrastructure of the city, the bike sharing system will effectively and successfully become a true extension of the existing transit system.

  • Such immaculate planning will undoubtedly improve access to the subway and other transits and at the same time provide the desired leverage to the central park bike rental companies. The bike network will be precisely balanced with the transit network in place to complement each other well and as desired.    
  • Focus on the waterfronts is also required for placing a bike station along the bike lanes, especially close to the ferry routes. This will add the functionality of the stations enabling the bikers to avail any mode of transport for their secondary reasons. They can avail a boat or a bus or the tube according to their need and proximity to the transit with the bike stations.

Public Outreach Is Important

Public outreach of the riders as well as the neighborhood is also a very important aspect and plays a very significant role in the proximity to transit concept while placing a bike station. It is required to know the community feedback regarding this matter which is why most cities have launched their public feedback efforts to upgrade their bike share systems.

These feedbacks help in the quantitative metrics of the station density and size assisting the formulators to use unique and effective mathematical formula.  You may come across a dedicated web portal where you can post your feedback as well and recommend for a station location. This is a recent and effective move by the city designers and planners as they can have instant suggestions from thousands of bike users. A formal dialogue is maintained along with a multitude of public demonstrations that are specifically designed to keep the locals in the neighborhood informed about the station location and its program usage.

Working With The Community Boards

Working with the community boards in the final phase of the bike station selection process will also play an important role to make the bike share system effective and increase the profitability of the central park bike rental companies.

  • Usually, two to three options are chosen and placed before the community board that will have the last word in the bike station location selection process.
  • This will ensure that the stations are located exactly in the place where the communities wish them to be located.
  • This will further ensure that the site locations are usable and suitable for the businesses, commuters, and the communities on the whole.

The primary objective of engaging the community in each phase of the site selection process is to minimize public unrest and protest for any unfamiliar program. Other issues such as traffic, vandalism, child safety and overall appearance are also effectively and efficiently resolved with such collaborative work.

Get Used To The Stations

Unplanned and thoughtless placement of the bike stations will not be of any use as the users will not get used to it due to proximity issue.  It is required to convey the message and idea about the bike share stations prior to its launch so that after the launch it is considered and felt to be a very useful and positive asset for the entire community.

With proper location, the concerns over vandalism, theft, child safety and others will be proved utterly unfounded. It is required that the entire planning is open and professional so that it can meet the unique needs of the city. Therefore, putting up a bike station where the community opposes is entire unwise and unworthy.

Another common issue of the neighborhood is resolved while working with the community. Most people complaints that the bike share stations replace the street parking spaces. Ideally, there is nothing to be concerned about. According to statistics, every ten bike share docking station results in a loss of only one street parking space or just about three spots in a very heavily populated city.

Supplementary Site Details To Follow

To place an individual station along the bike route the same regulations must be followed as any other street furniture of the city. The factors to consider include:

  • Sidewalk clearance so that it does not impede on the flow of pedestrians
  • Location to be placed on wide sidewalks
  • Maintain proper distance from the fire hydrants
  • Complying with the historic features in any in the district
  • Stick to the adjacency factor to the major tourist and cultural locations including public spaces and parks and
  • Providing enough visibility of the station to the bikers.

All these will ensure that the riders will not have to hunt or search frantically for a parking station in the vicinity of their destination. If the stations are located in the streets, then it must be away from the traffic and on the right side of the hydrants.

Moreover, it should be on the perimeter rather than inside the park as bike stations must be accessible for 24 hours.


Published by Lucy Jones