Stony Brook University`s Experience with Bike Share Programs

Stony Brook University’s
Bike Share Program Experiences
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
SUNY Sustainability Conference
James O’Connor, Director of Sustainability & Transportation Operations
Greg Monaco, Sustainability Coordinator
Introduction – University At A Glance
Bike Share Experiences
SBU Wolf Ride
Student Reception
Questions & Feedback
Bike Share @ SBU
Introduction – University At A Glance
Fast Facts
206 Total Buildings
1,454 Acres
~24,800+ Total Students
~18,700+ Faculty/Staff/Affiliates
Over 1,100 Laboratories
Stony Brook Medicine
University Hospital
Health Sciences Center
LI State Veterans Homes
Research & Development Park
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Bike Share Experiences
SBU’s Original “Bike Share”
• In April 2011, Bike Share Introduced To SBU Community Via Press Release
• 30 Bikes Available, Solution Used Existing Bike Racks
• Students Paid $15 Participation Fee & $15 Refundable Deposit at Bursar
• Paid Students Visited Facilities Building
- Viewed Safety Video & Completed Form
- Received Helmet, Bike Lock & Bicycle
• “Per Semester” Bike Sharing Service – Bikes Used to Travel On & Off Campus
• Required Staff FTE:
- 0.25 FTE: Sustainability Coordinator (operations)
- 0.25 FTE: Bursar Clerk (payments/receipts)
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Bike Share Experiences
SBU’s Original “Bike Share”
• Positives
- Affordable Bike Share System
0.5 FTE Staff Time & Bike Expenses
- Minimal Infrastructure Impact
- Scale: Start Off Small (~20 Bikes)
- If Possible, Invest In A Quality Bike
• Negatives
- Student Participation (System Access & Fees)
- Bike Quality & Bike Lock Issues
- Existing Bike Rack Utilization
- Per Semester Use (Model Not As Efficient)
- Solution Not Scalable to University Center
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Bike Share Experiences
SBU Bike Share “Crossroads”
• In Spring 2012 (after 1-year), Original Bikes Required Considerable Maintenance
• Community Requested More Share Bikes, Better Locks & Bike Racks
• SBU Reviewed Available Bike Share Solutions
• Similar To SBU Parking Operations, Focus On Municipality-Type Solutions
- Metered Parking Lots: Parkeon Pay Stations
- Parking Garages: Federal APD Access Control Devices
• SBU Considered PBSC, B-Cycle, Current & In-House Solutions
• Based On Student Feedback & Trans Fee Research, Student Biking Covered Under Fee
• Allowed SBU To Consider Municipality-Type Solutions
• Consulted w/Student & Advisory Groups (USG, GSO, Commuters, Residents, etc.)
• Evaluated Pro/Cons of Options
• Recommended PBSC Solution to Student Community & Decision Was Supported
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SBU Wolf Ride
SBU Wolf Ride
• In April 2013, New System Introduced To SBU Community at Earthstock
• Students Utilize SBU ID At Solar Powered Kiosks To Access Share Bikes
• “Per Use” Bike Sharing Service – Bikes Used to Travel On Campus
• Student Bike Use Is Free (For 1st Hour)
• Faculty/Staff/Visitors Subscriptions Available for Fee
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SBU Wolf Ride
SBU Wolf Ride
• Currently Wolf Ride Has 4 Bike Stations & 48 Bikes
• In Spring 2014, Wolf Ride Expanding to 8 Bike Stations & 60 Bikes
• From April to September 2013, Used 3,600+ Times & Over 1,100+ Hours
• System Is A “Zero Emissions” Mode of Transportation
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SBU Wolf Ride
• Wolf Ride Similar To Other Systems On Campus
- Office of Sustainability Keeps Spare Kiosk/Bike Components In Stock
- System Requires 0.25 FTE Staff
• Staff Addresses System & Students Rotate Bikes Between Stations
• Student Feedback Overwhelmingly Positive (Recent Survey Ranked #1)
• Requests For New Stations & Additional Bikes
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Do you have questions or feedback?
SBU Office of Sustainability
Contact Information:
(631) 632-6219
(631) 632-4379
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