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Virginia Beach City Bike Share

The Virginia Beach bike share program is one green initiative that has helped push the City Schools Division to the forefront of sustainability. The bicycle system was developed as the most efficient way to move people and documents from building to building around the sprawling municipal center grounds. Laid out much like a college campus, walking and driving were simply not as efficient as bicycling.

It’s a simple system, but bike sharing does not have to be complicated to work. The sturdy bikes are left in the elements outside the various school division buildings. They’re locked in public bike racks and used by school division staff as required. Please enjoy these images of the bikes and the Virginia Beach municipal center grounds.

 

 

 

 

If there are any micro bike share programs in your part of the world please let us know, we would love to hear about them.

 

9 Comments

  1. That’s awesome! Do people who want to ride them have to be employees or pick up the combination or key at an office? Riding around a campus-like facility on a bike is much more efficient that driving around to the other side and parking or walking across campus. Micro bike sharing has a huge potential.

    • This is just for employees of the City. The program was initiated by the VB schools division. For a city known for its poorly connected bike paths this is a promising sign. Recently, the Mayor announced a plan to actively expand bicycle access and better integrate bike infrastructure. It’s a great environment to ride, but bikes have been a low priority for town planners, making the streets a dangerous place to be on two wheels.

  2. Long Beach, CA has a similar micro share for City employees. I think programs like these are good for encouraging biking for errands, lunch breaks, etc. within targeted groups. Only one thing bothers me about Virginia Beach’s program: wheel-bender racks.

    • That’s a good point, thanks Francis.The VB program has been in operation for 2 years, and I’m not sure what their vandalism experience has been in this time. I agree, these targeted bike pools are a smart way to improve the workplace experience.

  3. I love the concept. Someday I want to ride a portion of the Tour de France (non race time).

    • Yes, that would be a great experience and definitelty on my must-do list. The slower the better, I want to take in as much of the culture as I can.

  4. These were all the europe and now are trending in most of the larger city in Canada as well. Probably the most convenient way to get around the city.

    • @Marissa – Bike share is a great idea and it does seem to be spreading to urban cities. Hopefully, it will begin to reduce traffic congestion in the next few years.

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