Bike Share for All: The Global Green Model
Bike share is a shared system of public bicycles that allow people to rent a bike for a short trip, then return the bike to a different location. It’s a concept that has been deployed in over 500 cities across the world. It has been a successful way to get people out of their cars and into an alternative form of transportation. A successful bike share system produces sustainability, provides equitable access, and promotes a healthy and livable community.
US cities with bike share programs report that one-quarter of bike share trips replace a vehicle trip. As we work on bike share, we’ll aim to replicate these results by creating a system that attracts local drivers, in addition to visitors and tourists. We are focused on local, targeted marketing and outreach to attract potential users, promote usage, and encourage bike ridership.
Transportation is the second largest household expenditure after housing and, for many low-income families, it constitutes a major burden in cost and time. We are working to ensure that an LA County bike share system includes stations in low-income neighborhoods, alternative payment options for users without credit cards, and utilizes strong outreach efforts to communities that may be unfamiliar with the system.
We aim to ensure that bike share stations are thoughtfully integrated with other forms of current and planned public transit. We work with communities to gather feedback on the placement, design, and payment structure of stations to ensure that bike share is accepted and utilized.
Global Green’s vision for bike share takes the traditional model, but emphasizes a system that promotes clean, livable, and equitable communities. It is through this lens that we continue our efforts to bring bike share to Southern California.
As the original e-scooter sharing company, Bird launched in Santa Monica, California. Their mission is simple, “one less car.” We couldn’t agree more and look forward to how Bird is now transforming cities across the world as more and more people opt to take a scooter for short trips around their city instead of their car.
The greenest mode of transportation is to bike or walk; however, this form of transport is not possible for everyone. Bird serves the perfect solution, allowing riders to get out of traffic, and make their daily transportation “green.”
Using a Bird to commute to work or for short journeys is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Increasing ridership will combat traffic congestion, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. As a part of our mission at Global Green, we are proud to work with a company that is transforming transportation.
Bird energizes the community and provides a simple, low-cost option for short, efficient journeys. Bird is the perfect choice for one-way or round-trip rides, wherever your destination.