Introducing HOPR, an Open Platform and Mobile App for Trip Matching and Payment Across All Forms of Transit

With Chicago launch of HOPR, shared mobility pioneer CycleHop brings accessibility and efficiency to riders, private transit operators and public transit agencies

“Having made cities across the country more accessible through our pioneering bike share programs, we’re now expanding our services to provide a tool that improves access to daily transportation in all of its forms,” said Josh Squire, founder and CEO of CycleHop.

“There are so many great ways to get around, HOPR makes it easy for you to choose and access rides. We go beyond trip-planning, we do trip-matching.”

Who can use HOPR?

The HOPR Community is made up of locals and visitors who use the app for their daily commutes, errands, recreation, seeing the sights, and other transportation needs. HOPR can be used to instantly compare and access transportation on public transit, ride share, car share, bike share, water taxis, scooter rental and beyond with one easy payment. Users can also earn rides and promotions from the services they travel on most.

Private Transit Operators

HOPR is an open platform for all private transit operators. By promoting any nearby transit option, HOPR increases the visibility of services of all types and sizes, helping them reach more people on the move and fill vacant seats. With a simple API, service providers can begin connecting to customers by presenting it as a fully-integrated option on the HOPR app.

Public Transit Agencies

Transit data helps cities plan, allocate resources, reduce congestion and come up with new solutions to the biggest mobility challenges they face. HOPR’s integration of public transit services benefits agencies by providing valuable data that can be leveraged to analyze travel decisions and modify service. HOPR also enhances the experience for transit customers by placing their bus, rail and ferry passes side-by-side with any additional transportation services they rely on.


The HOPR mobile app is now available for users in the Chicago area. HOPR will be launched in Los Angeles and Ottawa in Spring 2018. For more info visit

Visit Us at the National Shared Mobility Summit

CycleHop is at the 2018 National Shared Mobility Summit, being held in Chicago at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel March 12-14. Visit CycleHop there to learn more about HOPR.

About CycleHop

CycleHop is one of the most experienced bike share companies in North America, managing systems in 15 cities and a dozen campuses. They were first to launch bike share in Los Angeles County, Vancouver, Phoenix, Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, Cleveland, and other cities. CycleHop also led the way with operations of Smart-Bike technology, and their Founder and CEO, Josh Squire, received the first U.S. bike share related patent in 1999. (“Unattended automated bicycle rental station” U.S. patent no. 5,917,407).


CycleHop, the largest Smart-Bike operator in North America, announced today that it will start distributing and operating station-less Smart-Bikes in the U.S. and Canada. The station-less bikes will be available at a much lower cost than current North American bike share systems.

On a recent visit to China, CycleHop’s management team studied the way station-less bikes are being deployed and used in Shanghai, and are taking these lessons back to North America. Josh Squire, CEO of CycleHop states that, “there are clear differences between the way Chinese and the North American cities allow for use of the public right-of-way by private enterprise. For station-less bike share to work well in the U.S. we must modify the China station-less approach to a model similar to what CycleHop has already proven to be a successful Smart-Bike approach in cities like Santa Monica, Phoenix, Tampa, and many other cities. Another takeaway from the visit to China was the universal appeal of bike share. Both American and Chinese consumers love using the bicycle for last-mile trips. It is a very popular, fun, and healthy way to get around town.”

“The key advantages of station-less Smart-Bike systems are the lower cost of the bicycles and having no stations costs. Station-less bike share also allows for greater coverage and volumes, as well as ease of use for consumers as the bicycles are available when and where they need them. If implemented in a responsible way this innovative product can provide a good bike share solution for a greater range of North American cities and campuses.” shares Squire.

CycleHop has pioneered Smart-Bike systems planning and operations in North America, accumulating over 5 years of experience operating Smart-Bike bike sharing systems.  Station-less Smart-Bikes are currently infiltrating the Asian marketplace, however there are many challenges to cities with its current implementation methods. Learning from the early experiences of Smart-Bikes in the USA and Asia, CycleHop plans to overcome many of the current challenges with deploying these systems and plans to deploy station-less bike share in a responsible way and in cooperation with local government.

CycleHop is excited about the future of the bike sharing industry and looks forward to serving customers in the best way possible with the best equipment and technology available in the industry.

If your City or campus is looking to implement or expand bike share please contact CycleHop, the Smart-Bike experts.

Tempe launches GRID bike share program


tempe grid station

Beginning May 15, Tempe will join Phoenix and Mesa by offering public bicycles that can be rented through the Grid Bike Share program. Tempe’s system will include 300 bikes, 425 racks and 30 stations, offering another alternative to residents and visitors for getting around the city with ease.

Tempe’s 30 stations will be located in high-activity areas such as downtown Tempe, along the light rail line, near Arizona State University’s campus and at community centers. Along with Tempe’s fleet, the Grid Bike Share program across the Valley will boast a total of more than 1,100 bikes at more than 100 hubs across three cities.

The Grid Bike Share program was launched by CycleHop in Phoenix in 2014 and has been expanding regionally beginning with Mesa in early 2016. On September 8, 2016, the Tempe City Council approved a five-year contract with CycleHop to operate and maintain its system. CycleHop provides “smart bikes” manufactured by Social Bicycles, which are equipped with state-of-the-art features such as responsive solar lighting, chainless shaft drive, a GPS-enabled, solar-powered panel to interact with the bike and an integrated lock that also works with regular bike racks. Fare options include weekly, monthly, student and pay-as-you-go options.

Bike sharing is a fun, healthy and affordable transit option for short trips or the first and last mile of a journey when paired with light rail and bus. Residents and visitors can quickly and easily access a public bicycle near places of employment, tourist destinations, educational institutions and transit stops.

Bikes can be located and reserved via the Social Bicycles mobile app or online at  Members can also unlock a bike directly at the hub using an account number and four-digit PIN code. To end a trip, the bike can be returned to any bike hub location in the valley or, for a small fee, can be locked at any regular bike rack.

For more information about the program, visit or download the Social Bicycles mobile application on Google Play or at the iTunes App Store.

Louisville Mayor announces LouVelo bike share to launch this spring

Louisville, KY.  (April 14, 2017) – Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that with the financial backing of nine local businesses, Louisville’s bike share program will launch this spring and will be called LouVelo.

LouVelo is owned by Louisville Metro, which has contracted with CycleHop, a leading operator of major municipal bike share programs throughout North America, to run the program. The LouVelo network will begin with 300 bikes positioned at 28 bike share stations in downtown, Old Louisville, NuLu, near Waterfront Park, and points in between.

Another 15 stations are under consideration to expand the network. The city is working with the University of Louisville with an aim to place multiple stations on the school’s Belknap campus by fall 2017. Plans for expansion into other neighborhoods, such as Russell and the Highlands, are also being developed.

The service makes bicycles available for short-term use. The bikes can be picked up at one station and returned to any other station in the system, which makes it easy for people looking to get from one location to another during the work or school day without driving a car, and those riding for leisure, recreation or just touring the city.

LouVelo sponsors include Norton Healthcare, JP Morgan Chase & Co., UPS, Main & Clay, Genscape Inc., The Brown Hotel, KentuckyOne Health, Atria Senior Living, and The Eye Care Institute.

“These great community partners know that quality of life is a critical factor in maintaining and growing a talented workforce in Louisville,” Mayor Fischer said. “LouVelo is one of the many things we’re doing to enhance quality of life in our city.”

“We are pleased to be a sponsor of the bike share program,” said Russell F. Cox, president and CEO of Norton Healthcare. “LouVelo’s goal of offering bicycles across the community aligns with our mission to improve the health of our community.”

The Mayor noted that bike sharing is part of the Move Louisville long-term multimodal transportation plan, which calls for accommodating all users of the city’s transportation system — pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and public transit riders — in the best ways possible. It’s also a great way for people to reduce their carbon footprints and increase wellness while serving the routine objective of getting from one place to another.

LouVelo is another way that Louisville is growing its network of cycling facilities, such as bike lanes, that are making it easier and safer to get around the city on two wheels.

Dave Nelson, Chief Operating Officer of CycleHop, said “We are excited to offer a new mode of public transportation to the residents and visitors of Louisville. Providing healthy, sustainable and fun transit alternatives is at the core of CycleHop’s mission. We are very grateful to Mayor Fischer, our sponsors and everyone in Louisville Metro who has made this mission a reality.”

An official launch will be announced soon. Riders will then be able to buy daily, monthly or annual passes. Until then LouVelo is offering a $99 Founding Member plan that includes an unlimited number of 60-minute rides for a whole year. A station map and signup details are available at LouVelo can also be found on Twitter and Facebook under @LouVeloBikes.

Startup costs to develop the LouVelo plan and to purchase and install bikes and stations were funded through a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant of $1.1 million matched with $273,000 from Louisville Metro.


For Immediate Release: LOS ANGELES, CA

Sponsorship Agency to Offer Naming Rights to Bike Share Systems in Five Top 20 Markets.

CycleHop, a leading operator of major municipal bike share programs throughout North America, announced today that Premier Partnerships (Premier) has been named to exclusively represent CycleHop-operated bike share systems in five Top 20 markets: Los Angeles/Long Beach, Phoenix, Atlanta, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Orlando.

“We are thrilled to partner with Premier, whose track record of securing sponsorships for prestige properties will help us serve fast-growing municipal bike share programs in some of the nation’s most dynamic markets,” said Josh Squire, CEO of CycleHop.

In recent years, dozens of cities have invested in bike share infrastructure to extend their transit systems and reduce congestion by enabling short-distance, point-to-point trips for commuters, students and tourists. Primarily stationed in busy commercial centers and college campuses, the bikes specially designed for these systems double as mobile billboards. Several leading brands, including Blue Cross, Citibank, Hulu and Nike, have capitalized on the valuable sponsorship opportunities presented by bike share by acquiring naming rights to systems.

“We are excited to offer top-tier brands the opportunity to sponsor a popular, sustainable, healthy and highly visible transportation option,” said Randy Bernstein, President and CEO of Premier. “As they have in other markets, major national and regional brands will value the prominence, exclusivity and civic partnerships that come with acquiring naming rights to bike share systems.”

For more information about CycleHop sponsorship opportunities, please contact Bryan Stewart, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at Premier, Bryan at PremierPartnerships dot com, (310) 656-2500 x15.

About CycleHop

CycleHop is the largest Smart Bikes™ bike share system operator in North America, managing bike share programs in 15 cities: Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa, Ariz.; Long Beach, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, Calif.; Tampa, St. Petersburg and Orlando, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Louisville, Ky.; Cleveland, Ohio; and Vancouver and Ottawa, Canada. CycleHop’s Smart Bikes technology incorporates a GPS system and removable U-shaped lock into every bike, freeing users to ride anywhere rather than having to park at a proprietary dock and walk to their destination. For more information about CycleHop, visit

About Premier Partnerships

Premier Partnerships is a national sponsorship sales and consulting firm serving top-tier venues, sports and entertainment properties, iconic landmarks and municipal projects. Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in New York and Chicago, Premier specializes in accurately valuing commercial assets, crafting winning sales strategies, and facilitating partnerships that benefit properties and sponsors alike. For more information about Premier Partnerships, please visit

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Vancouver bike share picks up speed with Shaw sponsorship

Mobi by Shaw Go image

Vancouver Bike Share (a CycleHop subsidiary) and Shaw Communications Inc. announced a multi-year partnership agreement that will see Shaw become the system-wide presenting partner of the City of Vancouver’s public bike share system.

The bike share program will now be known as Mobi by Shaw Go

Shaw is also pursuing future opportunities to connect the bike share stations with its Shaw Go WiFi network which, when implemented, would provide Vancouver residents and visitors with complimentary WiFi Internet access across the bike share system’s footprint.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said: “We welcome this major commitment from Shaw Communications that will help ensure the long-term success of bike share in our city. Half the trips in Vancouver are now made by walking, biking, and transit and Mobi has quickly become a popular transportation choice for Vancouverites, with over 100,000 rides to date.”

Shaw Communications Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Culture Officer Jim Little said: “We look forward to working with the City and Vancouver Bike Share to provide residents and visitors with a modern and eco-friendly way to enjoy Vancouver and connect with friends and family while on the go. As a major employer with hundreds of thousands of customers in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, we are proud to make this significant investment in the bike share program.”

Vancouver Bike Share Inc. General Manager Mia Kohout said: “We are very excited to have Shaw on board as our presenting sponsor, and are proud to be working closely with a company so committed to supporting our community. It’s the perfect partnership between smart bikes and smart technology, and will enable us to continue to improve service to our members over the coming months and years.”

Vancouver’s bike share program launched Summer 2016. The program reached the 100,000 rides mark in the first 90 days of operation.


ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that Georgia’s Own Credit Union is the first presenting sponsor for Relay, the City of Atlanta’s bike share program. Mayor Reed was joined by Georgia’s Own Credit Union President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Preter, Cyclehop Chief Executive Officer Josh Squire and City of Atlanta Chief Bicycle Officer Becky Katz at a press conference where they celebrated the expansion of Relay and the new partnership. The event took place at the credit union’s new home, the former Equitable Building, in downtown Atlanta. Relay is operated by Cyclehop on behalf of the City of Atlanta.

“We are pleased to announce that Georgia’s Own Credit Union is the Atlanta’s bike share program’s presenting sponsor,” said Mayor Reed. “With this commitment, Georgia’s Own Credit Union becomes a vital partner in our plan to make Atlanta one of the top bicycling cities in the country. We are grateful for this hometown company’s strong support of Atlanta’s growing bicycling culture.”

Earlier this month, the City of Atlanta expanded the bike share program with an additional twelve stations in Downtown and Midtown Atlanta. Relay will ultimately include 500 bikes with more than 50 stations citywide.

The City of Atlanta is working to become a more bicycle friendly city with additional initiatives. The TSPLOST referendum, approved by 68 percent of Atlanta voters, will allow for the installation of additional bicycle lanes throughout the city. The Renew Atlanta infrastructure program is also building complete streets projects citywide.

“We are thrilled to join the city in furthering what we believe to be a convenient, affordable and eco-friendly transportation option for residents, employees and visitors in and around the city,” said Dave Preter, Georgia’s Own Credit Union Chief Executive Officer. “For us, it will be a great way for our staff to navigate our new neighborhood in the heart of the city and stay connected with our partners in the area, and I imagine it will be equally beneficial for all Atlanta patrons.”

Relay offers multiple plans and rental options, making it a convenient choice for people commuting, shopping or visiting any of Atlanta’s neighborhoods or world-class attractions. Since the launch of the bike share program in June, more than 1,400 Atlanta residents and visitors have conducted more than 5,000 bike share trips and ridden an average of 11,000 miles.

“Thanks to Georgia’s Own Credit Union, we can continue working to ensure that every community in the City of Atlanta has access to this fantastic transportation option,” said Becky Katz, Chief Bicycle Officer for the City of Atlanta. “We look forward to working with other community partners dedicated to making Atlanta a fun and healthy place to live, work, and visit.”

In 2012, Mayor Reed committed to the goal of making bicycling an integral part of daily life for Atlanta residents, workers and visitors by year 2016. Establishing the bike share program was an essential step in achieving this goal. The program complements the City’s investment in developing more than 30 miles of bike lanes, including four miles of protected and buffered bicycle lanes around Atlanta.

Atlanta was recently named a best bike city in the United States by Bicycle magazine.

Tempe Set to Join the Regional Bike Share Program

10/12/16 City of Tempe Press Release

Next spring, Tempe will join the cities of Phoenix and Mesa by offering public bicycles that can be “checked out” via the Grid Bike Share program. The program will offer another alternative to residents and visitors for getting around the city. With Tempe joining, Grid will have a total of 1,100 bikes at over 100 hub stations throughout the region.

On Sept. 8, the Tempe City Council approved a five-year contract with CycleHop, a leading bike share operator, to manage its bike share system. Tempe’s 31 stations will be located in high activity areas like downtown Tempe, along the light rail line, near the ASU campus and at community centers. Tempe secured a $1.1 million federal grant for the purchase of the 300 bikes and 425 racks. Tempe is also a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community as designated by the League of American Bicyclists.

 The Grid Bike Share program was launched by CycleHop in Phoenix in 2014 and has been expanding regionally beginning with Mesa in early 2016. They provide “smart bikes” manufactured by Social Bicycles which are equipped with state-of-the-art features such as responsive solar lighting, chainless shaft drive, a GPS-enabled, solar-powered panel to interact with the bike and an integrated lock that also works with regular bike racks. Bikes can be located and reserved via the Social Bicycles mobile app or online at  Members can also unlock a bike directly at the hub using an account number and four-digit PIN code. To end a trip, the bike can be returned to any bike hub location in the valley or, for a small fee, can be locked at any regular bike rack.

CycleHop will be seeking a title sponsor for the regional program that will play a highly visible role in creating and promoting vibrant multi-modal communities. For more information about sponsorship, please contact

CycleHop also operates bike-share programs in cities across the United States and Canada including Phoenix/Mesa, Tampa/St. Pete, Orlando, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, West Hollywood, Cleveland, Atlanta, Vancouver and Ottawa.

The City of Tempe plans to launch the Grid Bike Share program in the spring of 2017. For more information, contact Sue Taaffe with the City of Tempe or visit or

Introducing Mobi

Mobi Bike Share

5/20/16 City of Vancouver Press Release

Introducing Mobi, bikes we share

“Vancouver already tops North America for active transportation. Adding Mobi bike share to the mix will help further extend the reach of walking and transit trips, and change the way people get around Vancouver,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson.

The name selected for Vancouver’s new bike share program to launch this summer is Mobi (pronounced moe-bee).

Great addition to our active transportation network

“Vancouver already tops North America for active transportation. Adding Mobi bike share to the mix will help further extend the reach of walking and transit trips, and change the way people get around Vancouver,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Mobi will be a great addition to our active transportation network, giving Vancouverites and visitors safe, convenient, and fun mobility to get around the city.”

“At its most literal, Mobi stands for ‘more bikes’,” says Jerry Dobrovolny, general manager, engineering services. “But the spirit of Mobi reflects mobility, motion and momentum – everything that makes cycling in Vancouver an exhilarating experience.”

“Our tagline, ‘bikes we share’, really reflects the community-based nature of the program,” says Mia Kohout, general manager at Vancouver Bike Share Inc. (a subsidiary of CycleHop), the firm contracted by us to operate the program. “It’s about sharing bikes, sharing the space, and sharing our city,” she adds.

Bike share locations

Both The City and Vancouver Bike Share Inc. (a subsidiary of CycleHop) are working to finalize preparations for bike share to launch this summer, which includes identifying the best locations for public bike share stations to help fill the gaps in the active transportation network.

A total of 1,500 bikes at 150 stations will be available by the end of summer 2016.

Initial service area

The initial service area will include the Downtown Peninsula, bounded by Arbutus Street, 16th Avenue, and Main Street.

Discounted memberships now available

Founding memberships are now on sale for $99 or $129 for one year depending on the plan chosen, reflecting deep discounts of close to half price, only available until June 30, Kohout says. “People who buy founding memberships will get the best deal and have the flexibility to grab a Mobi whenever they need one,” she adds.

Sign-up for a membership.

About the bikes

Vancouver’s Mobi bikes are “Smart Bikes” and can be activated and unlocked from a docking station through an interface on the bike or through a payment kiosk, making them an easy and convenient option for short trips. Helmets will be available on bikes at no additional cost.

Beverly Hills Pilot Bike Share Program to Begin Feb 22, 2016

Beverly Hills Bike Share

CycleHop and Social Bicycles to launch Beverly Hills Pilot Bike Share Test Period Feb. 22.  Volunteers are welcome and will be able to ride the bicycles for free and provide feedback on their experience through April 22, 2016. During the test period, each volunteer may ride the Beverly Hills bikes for up to 60 minutes daily. Bike-share docking stations will be located at City Hall near the northeast entrance on N. Crescent Drive at S. Santa Monica Boulevard and adjacent to the Wells Fargo bank located on the southwest corner of North Camden Drive and South Santa Monica Boulevard. The Beverly Hills pilot bike share program is scheduled to roll out in April 2016 to celebrate Earth Month. At that time, the full system will include 50 smart bikes with onboard technology and 100 bike docking racks in 10 locations throughout the City. Riders will be able to use the ’Social Bicycles’ smart phone app (download from app store) or website to sign-up, find available bikes and docking stations, and reserve bikes. Once the program is launched, the bikes can be returned to a Beverly Hills Bike Share station for free or at any public bike rack for a small fee. The Beverly Hills Bike Share program will be compatible with the bike share system in the City of Santa Monica and future adjacent jurisdictions. For more information or to volunteer for the test phase, please submit contact information to or call Transportation Planning at (310) 285-1161.

CycleHop Partners With Defend Our Future On Climate Change Challenge Campaign and commits to facilitate 10,000 bicycles for bike share on campuses across the country

CycleHop will partner with Defend Our Future to deploy and expand bike share systems on college campuses across the country.  The partnership is part of Defend Our Future’s campus challenge campaign to engage and mobilize students to act on climate change and demonstrate that their generation will not wait any longer for politicians to act.

“As the country’s leading ‘smart bike’ bike share operator, promotion of clean and renewable energy, and traffic reduction are at the core of our company’s mission,” said Michael Lawrence, CycleHop’s Vice President of Strategic Development.  “We are working with Defend Our Future and students across the country to take action on climate change by reducing the reliance on fossil fuels and dangerous pollution that causes climate change. More bikes means less emissions from motor vehicles. We believe in acting on climate and we are proud to work with Defend Our Future on this important challenge.”

CycleHop plans, implements, and operates bike share programs in North America. CycleHop offers complete bike share solutions for cities, universities, hotels and properties. On Thursday November 12th, 2015, CycleHop launched the first bike share program in Los Angeles County. Five hundred ‘Smart Bicycles’ at 75 locations in Santa Monica are now available for locals and visitors to enjoy.  Santa Monica joins more than 100 communities and universities across the country with bike share.

In order to support the programs and initiatives being announced in Defend Our Future’s campaign, CycleHop will make the following initial commitments:

  • CycleHop commits to facilitating 10,000 bike share bikes on at least fifty college campuses across the country.
  • CycleHop will provide free ridership to the student body on any campus with a system of 100 or more bikes and will assist the student body in locating funding sources to purchase the bike share system.
  • CycleHop will create a new internal position and hire an individual with the title: “Liaison for College Bike Share Systems” who will be charged with spearheading this initiative and coordinating student efforts to bring bike share to campuses.
  • CycleHop will integrate its system with student identification cards and will hire and train students to assist in roll out and operation of on-campus bike share systems.

“We are glad to have the support of environmentally conscious corporate partners like CycleHop who are doing what they can to take meaningful action to address climate change,” said Alicia Kolar Prevost, Director of Defend Our Future. “We look forward to working with CycleHop to expand bike sharing on campuses across the country.”

The CycleHop-Defend Our Future partnership announced today is part of a broader campaign launch on campuses across the country that includes a new website where individuals can commit to taking a variety of challenges to act on climate change and a new video that provides interesting answers to the provocative question: “If you were in danger, would you do something about it?” To learn more about the campaign, the challenges and to see and share the #IWillNotWait video, visit and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (DefendOurFuture).

Cyclehop launched the first bike share program in Los Angeles County

breeze bike share launch


On Thursday November 12th, 2015 Cyclehop launched the first bike share program in Los Angeles County. 500 ‘Smart Bicycles’ at 75 locations in Santa Monica are now available for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Santa Monica’s Mayor Kevin McKeown said: “…how often do you get to reduce traffic, avoid parking hassles, fight climate change, improve public health, and have fun at the same time? And that’s what we’re going to do with Breeze Bike Share in Santa Monica”

The Breeze Bike Share program is sponsored by Hulu.  Watch this launch video from local KABC

CycleHop-SoBi Selected as Preferred Bike Share Vendor for Cleveland – Cuyahoga County

Cleveland, OH – The Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability, in partnership with Bike Cleveland, announces CycleHop-SoBi as the preferred vendor for a formal bike share system in Cleveland. Cuyahoga County will now enter contract negotiations with the goal of bringing a downtown based system ahead of the Republican National Convention in July of next year. The goal will be to expand into University Circle and other neighborhoods as additional funding is secured.

Working with Bike Cleveland, Cuyahoga County was awarded $357,000 in federal funds from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) to bring a formal bike share system to Cleveland. The federal funds have been matched by local contributions from the Saint Luke’s Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, Destination Cleveland, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and Donna & Stewart Kohl.

Bike Cleveland released a request for proposal, and a group of stakeholders formed a selection committee to review the responses. Members of that committee include, Cuyahoga County, Bike Cleveland, the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Planning, University Circle Inc., Greater Cleveland RTA, Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Cleveland Public Library, and members of the local business community.  The selection process was observed by representatives from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

“Bringing large scale bike share to the City of Cleveland is incredibly exciting,” said Jacob VanSickle, Executive Director of Bike Cleveland. “CycleHop put forth a very strong proposal and we definitely selected the best bike share vendor for Cleveland.”

“This is a great project to work on, and we think it will have a positive impact on the city that people will notice immediately,” said Mike Foley, Director, Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability.

The bike share program is a private-public partnership, and the business model relies on corporate sponsorship. Business and property owners may participate and support the program through sponsorship, adopt-a-station, and the purchase of memberships. For more information please contact

About CycleHop-SoBi

CycleHop is the largest ‘smart bike’ bike share operations company in North America. CycleHop plans, funds, deploys, and operates municipal and campus bike share programs. CycleHop’s technology partner, Social Bicycles (SoBi), is a leader and innovator of bike share equipment and related software. At the core of SoBi’s success is its ‘smart bike’ technology with a proprietary GPS-equipped locking mechanism embedded on a classic Dutch-frame bike (rather than on a docking station). With the flexibility of an on board lock and GPS, this smart bike approach dramatically reduces costs, creates a modern and flexible user experience, allows for more scalable bike share operations, generates valuable and usable trip data, and unlocks new revenue channels via interaction with mobile and bicycle screens. SoBi equipment is currently serving or being deployed in the following cities: Orlando, Tampa, Buffalo, Hamilton ON, Ottawa ON, Long Beach NY, Atlanta, Phoenix, Mesa, Topeka, Boise, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Long Beach CA, and Portland.

About Bike Cleveland

Bike Cleveland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and the leading advocacy organization for bicycles and pedestrians in the Greater Cleveland area. With the goal of making Greater Cleveland a better place to live and ride, Bike Cleveland works to build livable communities by promoting all forms of cycling, and advocating f

CycleHop Signs Lease in Santa Monica and Appoints Regional Manager for Southern California

SANTA MONICA, CA: CycleHop, a leading bike-share operator, recently signed a long-term lease for property located at 1631 Colorado Ave in Santa Monica which will be the new home for local bike-share operations.

In addition, CycleHop welcomes Ron Durgin as the Regional Bike Share Manager for Southern California.  Ron brings with him a broad range of expertise and has been a leader in active transportation for more than a decade. He most recently served as the General Manager of the highly-successful Santa Monica Bike Center starting in 2011 and, in 2009, he co-founded the public charity Sustainable Streets.

Santa Monica will soon join other major cities around the globe that offer public bicycles for residents and visitors to use as transit and for recreation. The program is scheduled to launch in 2015 with 500 bikes located at hub locations throughout the city.


Help Name Santa Monica’s New Bike Share Program

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Santa Monica will soon offer shared bikes for use by residents and visitors to ride for transit and pleasure. Bike Share will launch in 2015 with 500 bikes located at hub locations throughout Santa Monica. Learn more about the program and to suggest bike share station locations visit 

Bike Share Program Coming to Santa Monica

santa monica bike share demo bike

On November 11, 2014 Santa Monica’s Council unanimously approved CycleHop as the vendor to install and operate the bike share system. The program is set to launch in 2015 as a first step to what may someday become an integrated, regional bike share system. The 500 8-speed “smart” bicycles will be distributed at 65-75 hub locations citywide.

Santa Monica’s bike share system is publicly owned by the City and privately operated by CycleHop. Social Bicycles is supplying the bike share equipment for the program.

To learn more about the program and to suggest bike share locations visit

Ottawa-Gatineau Bike Share Program Announces New Brand


Velogo Bike Share

The Ottawa-Gatineau bike share program is introducing new bike share equipment and a fresh brand name. The former “Capital BIXI” program will now be known as VeloGo.

The VeloGo name is a natural representation of the bilingual Capital Region, as the French word “Velo” translates to “Bike” in English, and the word “Go” is linked internationally with transportation.

VeloGo also features fun graphical elements aimed to inspire and motivate people to ride bicycles for both transportation and recreation trips.

In addition to the new and exciting name, CycleHop is rolling out five (5) bike share stations this week to demonstrate Social Bicycles “Smart Bike” technology. The public is invited to participate in the demonstrations starting October 10th through November 15th. We also encourage everyone to visit the VeloGo website to learn more about the program and to suggest bike share locations.

VeloGo plans to launch the full system in the spring and expand to 50 locations throughout Ottawa and Gatineau.

Cyclehop welcomes Michael Belli as National Director of Sponsorship and Media Sales

A conversation with Michael Belli:

Tell us about your OOH media experience

For the past 25 years, I have been instrumental in developing, marketing, managing and selling Out-of-Home (OOH) media products for Clear Channel, Viacom & CBS Outdoor with a focus on mall retail properties.

How does bike share media assets compare to traditional OOH advertising?

Bike share is a unique media property.  It’s both fixed – like a bus shelter, and mobile – like a taxi top.

Traditional OOH media ads are designed to evoke consumer’s emotions and entice them to purchase a product or service. Bike share does that and more.  It connects the consumer with the brand through an experience. You might ride a bike when visiting NYC, take a photo and tweet it to your friends back home as ‘my best day in NYC’ with Citibank’s logo prominent in the background. This is something a traditional billboard can’t deliver.

What does the bike share industry have to offer to media buyers?

It’s a unique way to connect and communicate through a ‘feel good’ and ‘do good’ instrument. It also provides affordable OOH media access to about 100 U.S. cities through branding on hundreds or thousands of bikes, ads on bike-share kiosks and bike baskets, as well as digital and social media activation. In Chicago and San Francisco, Chipotle was giving away burritos to bike-share members and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) discounted bike-share memberships for their customers.

What category does bike share fall under in your world?

Bike share has a category of its own – or I should say covers multiple categories: OOH transit for kiosk and bike ads, stadium-like sponsorship for naming rights, and digital for apps and social media activation.

What role will you be playing in the bike-share industry? 

My role as CycleHop’s National Sponsorship and Media Sales Director is to connect ad buyers with available media assets in cities like Phoenix, Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, Ottawa and others. I will also educate them about this new form of OOH media opportunity. If we’re successful, the local communities will directly benefit from this as the money from sponsorship and advertising is invested in bikes and operations.

What can media buyers do and how can they connect with bike-share operators?

It’s kind of interesting because if you study the history of modern bike share, it started in Europe by the two largest outdoor advertising companies: JCDecaux and Clear Channel. Today, JCDecaux is still one of the largest bike-share operators in the world. Van Wagner also joined the party and is selling bike-share ads in multiple U.S. cities. I have no doubt that outdoor advertising companies and the clients they serve will continue to support this industry as they have in the past.

The bike-share industry is coming together this weekend in Pittsburgh for the North American Bike Share Association (NABSA) conference. One of the topics on the agenda is going to look at what the bike-share industry can do to connect the advertising industry with bike-share operators, coordinate national campaigns and standardize media assets. This is an exciting time for both bike share and the OOH industry.

CycleHop to Own and Operate the Ottawa-Gatineau Bike Share System


PHOTO :  (from left)   NCC CEO Dr. Mark Kristmanson and CycleHop CEO Josh Squire in Ottawa, Thursday, April 17, 2014.

CANADA’S CAPITAL REGION – The National Capital Commission (NCC) is pleased to announce the transfer of its bike share program, Capital BIXI, to CycleHop, LLC, effective April 17, 2014. The new owner and operator will resume the bike share service in the core of Ottawa–Gatineau by this summer 2014, while making plans for system expansion.

“On behalf of the National Capital Commission, I am pleased to announce that the contract with CycleHop will secure the implementation and expansion of a quality bike share service in the Capital Region,” said Dr. Mark Kristmanson, CEO of the NCC. “It was the NCC’s intention to establish this active mode of urban transportation in the Capital Region and then to transfer it to the private sector. Our goal is achieved with this timely, promising and seamless transfer of our bike share system to CycleHop.”

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CycleHop & Social Bicycles Selected to Operate Atlanta’s Bike Share Program

Atlanta’s City Council has approved a resolution to enter into contract negotiations with CycleHop for the implementation of Atlanta’s bike share program. The system is expected to launch with a minimum of 500 bicycles. Both CycleHop and SoBi are thrilled to work with the City of Atlanta on this exciting project.

“Atlanta will be a leader in the region as we launch an innovative, socially responsible bike share program for citizens and visitors. The bike share program promotes my vision to make bicycles available to the maximum amount of people in the most cost-efficient manner possible,” said Mayor Kasim Reed.

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CycleHop Teams With Local Bike Company to Bid on Philly Bike Share

Cyclehop and Advanced Sports International (ASI) team-up to bid on Philly’s bike share program. The proposed technology is 5th generation bike share equipment with an on-board rental control unit. Users will be able to walk up to the bike scan their membership card and go. Similar technology has recently been chosen to implement a 5,000 bike share system in Moscow. The Philly bike share bid presents a great opportunity for a local company like ASI to create new manufacturing jobs; the docking system, kiosks, and bicycles will all be produced and/or assembled in Philadelphia for use in the local program and for export to other cities. The City is currently evaluating this bid and others and is expected to make a decision soon. To learn more about the bike share equipment visit

CycleHop Introduces Coast Bike Share


Cyclehop and Social Bicycles are planning to launch Tampa’s bike share program this spring under the name Coast Bike Share.  The system’s name, Coast, is inspired by the tranquil waters of the Bay and embraces the natural energy that comes from riding a bike. The sun-soaked coast is what makes Tampa amazing – from the Riverwalk to the majestic Bayshore Boulevard Trail.  The interlocking type in the Coast logo represents the unlimited freedom that a bike provides flowing along your chosen path, and the pinburst icon embodies the mobile technology that drives the system, marking bike locations.

For more information, to suggest hub locations, and for sponsorship opportunists visit:

Meet GR:D (Grid)


CycleHop is happy to introduce GR:D. The Phoenix regional bike share program is scheduled to launch in 2014 with 500 bikes in Phoenix and another 500 in Mesa and Tempe for a total of 1000 bikes. For more information visit or follow us @gridbikes.

CycleHop introduces advanced bike share technology at the Shared-Use Mobility Summit


San Francisco, CA — Bike share technology and equipment company Smoove SAS of France has partnered with CycleHop, LLC to distribute Smoove’s innovative bike share equipment in North America.

The bike share industry is expanding rapidly in North America; by the end of 2014 over 50 U.S. cities will have bike share programs. This growth has prompted Smoove SAS to enter the North American market through a distribution partnership with CycleHop, an established American bike share company.

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Social Bicycles and Cyclehop selected to implement Phoenix regional bike share program


Phoenix, AZ. CycleHop has been selected by the City of Phoenix to fund, deploy, and operate a regional bike share program. The bike share equipment will be provided by Social Bicycles and SandVault Group.

“Social Bicycles, together with CycleHop and SandVault Group, are excited to bring the next generation of bike share technology to the City of Phoenix. Residents and visitors will soon be able to travel using a new environmentally friendly form of public transportation. The bicycles are equipped with a GPS-enabled locking system which will lock to bike racks found at hub locations throughout downtown Phoenix. Social Bicycles is more affordable and scalable than other technologies, and we hope to quickly spread the program throughout the region and the State of Arizona.” Ryan Rzepecki, CEO, Social Bicycles”

CycleHop is a professional service organization focused on planning, launching, and operating world-class bike share programs. We work with cities to build reliable bike share service, deliver efficient operations, and provide a great experience for all.

CycleHop looks forward to implementing the Phoenix Bike Share program by this coming winter.

Tampa selects CycleHop and Social Bicycles to establish bike share program


 Tampa, FL. CycleHop has been selected by the City of Tampa to fund, deploy, and operate Tampa’s bike share program. The bike share equipment will be provided by Social Bicycles.

 Social Bicycles is excited to work with CycleHop to bring the next generation of bike share technology to the City of Tampa. Residents and visitors will soon be able to travel using a new environmentally friendly form of public transportation. Our bikes are equipped with a GPS-enabled locking system which will lock to bike racks found at hub locations throughout downtown Tampa. Our system is more affordable and scalable than other technologies, and we hope to quickly spread throughout the Tampa Bay region,” Ryan Rzepecki, CEO of Social Bicycles.

CycleHop is a professional service organization focused on planning, launching, and operating world-class bike share programs. We work with cities to build reliable bike share service, deliver efficient operations, and provide a great experience for all.

CycleHop looks forward to implementing the Tampa Bay Bike Share program this coming fall.

More information at industry website goes live

CycleHop is very proud to be part of this new website dedicated to the bike share industry. Josh Squire, the CEO of CycleHop, was looking to do something good with the domain and decided to put it to work for the benefit of the entire industry.

“ has assembled a great team of professionals dedicated to contributing and advancing the bike share industry. We look forward to exchanging information and sharing interesting bike share content from around the globe.”

Please visit beta site and provide some feedback so we can make it better.

Copenhagen delays bike share system upgrade


One of the world’s oldest bike share programs, introduced in 1995, will have to wait a bit longer for an upgrade due to the absence of funding. Disappointing, I was so looking forward to the cool new bike share system; in 2009 a competition was held to determine the new bicycle design, and of the 127 proposals from five continents, two shared first prize and would have served as the inspiration for the next generation of city bikes.

The Copenhagen Post reporting:

A Dazzling Animation of London’s Bicycle Commuters

What is this thing, a new species of bioluminescent blob dredged up from the Mariana Trench?

Actually, it’s us – a visualization of how humans travel by bicycle around central London. The entrancing video was created by Jo Wood, a professor of visual analytics at City University who writes papers with names like “Interactive visual exploration of a large spatio-temporal dataset: Reflections on a geovisualization mashup.” Clearly, he knows his stuff.

Wood’s animation shows a year of rides among users of the bike-sharing program Barclays Cycle Hire. The program today involves 570 stations and about 8,000 bikes, so Wood’s data set was huge, encompassing some 5 million journeys that occurred in the year after Barclays launched in 2010.

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Economic Activity Associated with Bike Share by Jessica Schoner

Jessica Schoner presented an interesting study, at the Pro Walk Pro Bike conference, about the economic activity associated with the Nice Ride bike share program. “On average each bike share trip generated $7 of economic activity” Multiply that number by millions of trips and you have a mini bike share economy. More and more restaurants/cafes understand this and are requesting bike share stations to be placed nearby.


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Bike Sharing in the United States: State of the Practice and Guide to Implementation


The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and Toole Design Group (PBIC) have completed a national study of current bike sharing programs in the United States. The study explores the evolution of bike sharing in the US, defines success factors, examines funding models, explains demographic and geographic trends affecting the implementation of programs, recommends a step-by-step approach for implementation in cities in the start-up phase, and discusses measures to increase demand and expansion of existing programs.

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