Bike Share Feasibility Study

 

Happening Now

The City of Asheville, with federal grant assistance through the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization, has commissioned Alta Planning + Design to evaluate the city’s readiness for a bike share system, and to recommend next steps in getting or getting ready for bike share.

Bike share is a way for someone to use a bike for a short time at a reasonable rate. Some systems are station-based, like those in Washington, DC or Chattanooga, TN, and some use free-standing bikes like Lime Bike or Zagster.

Consultants are in the data gathering and research stage. In late April, they met with a steering committee and other stakeholders to talk about goals for a system, and issues that are important when thinking about the potential for a bike share system in Asheville.

We need your feedback!

The City Transportation Department will hold an open house style public meeting to explore bike share concepts from 5 to 7 p.m. June 28 at Asheville City Hall, First Floor Conference Room North, 70 Court Plaza.

A survey on Open City Hall Asheville is available now!


Background

The goal of the study is to determine the viability of a bike share program and, if viable, to recommend what actions, organization, infrastructure, and equipment would be necessary to support a successful and equitable bike share in Asheville.

The project will include data inventory, collection and analysis; suitability and demand analysis; public engagement via several channels; bike share business model and implementation recommendations; recommendations regarding policy, funding and infrastructure barriers; and a draft and final feasibility study report. The process will be guided by a steering committee.

The committee will meet for the first time in late April. The committee is expected to continue to meet every 6-8 weeks until the project is completed.

In addition to the steering committee, there will be public involvement in the form of a handlebar tour, stakeholder interviews, public meetings, presentations to committees/commissions, and public online input opportunities.

This planning effort appears to be proceeding in a parallel path to the Greenway Connectors project, and so staff and consultants are exploring opportunities to combine public involvement efforts. The outcome of this investigation is not yet known.

This action aligns with the 2036 Council Vision for Transportation and Accessibility by making it easy to get around Asheville, and easy to live here without a car.

Goals

  • Obtain a professional evaluation of Asheville’s readiness for a bike share program.
  • If ready, recommend what actions, policies, organization, infrastructure, equipment, and equipment placement would be necessary to support a successful and equitable bike share system in Asheville.
  • If not ready, get recommendations on what facilities and policies would need to be in place to make Asheville ready for bike share.

Expected Outcome

At the end of the project, a report will be provided that shows the next steps Asheville should take if it wants to move toward bike share, including what kind of bike share system would be most likely to succeed.


Timeline

The study began with data gathering and then kick-off meetings with stakeholders and a steering committee in April.

A drop-in, open house style public meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 28, Asheville City Hall, First Floor Conference Room North, 70 Court Plaza, 28801. The meeting is designed to:

  • provide information about bike share and this feasibility study
  • answer any questions related to the study
  • collect input about community goals for any future bike share system
  • collect suggestions about the design and operation of any future bike share

The City of Asheville will provide milestone updates about the progress of the study. Please check back periodically for those updates.

 


Supporting Documents

Staff Report to Planning & Economic Development Committee - May 2018


Contact Information

Barb Mee, Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Coordinator
828-232-4540

 

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