Bad news for the cool children who depend on their sweet fixies for culture cachet: Cycling has hit the mainstream. According to a report merely released by the National Association of City Transportation Officials, residents and tourists in US cities took 35 million bike-share trip-ups in 2017, up a whopping 25 percent from the year previous.
Today, there are more than 100 bike-share systems across the country, operated by eight major companies, NACTO reports. They are, of course, in the most densely populated cities, like New York, which alone accounted for 40 percent of 2017’s journeys, and Washington, DC.( It helps that those cities’ public transit systems have had a rough few years .)
“We’re assuring bike-share, in the densest, most populated cities, become part of the urban fabric, ” says bike-share operator Motivate’s CEO, Jay Walder.( Motivate operates popular systems in New York, California’s Bay Area, Chicago, Portland, and other cities .) “It’s no longer a niche or alternative, but a fundamental part of that.”
These shared rides are also chugging along in less obvious places, like El Paso, Texas; Honolulu, Hawaii; Iowa City, Iowa; Dayton, Ohio; and Birmingham, Alabama.