FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
HOUSTON BIKE SHARE NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PREPARES RFI
Houston Bike Share, the non-profit organization best known for operating Houston BCycle, is proud to announce the hiring of Beth Martin as Executive Director. A Rice University graduate, Martin most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff for State Representative Gene Wu.
“Beth’s background in public policy and community outreach will be especially helpful for Houston Bike Share as we work with the City of Houston to consider expanding bike share beyond the existing BCycle program,” said Neil Bremner, Houston Bike Share Board President.
With input from a stakeholder committee composed of transportation advocates and community leaders representing a wide array of neighborhoods and districts across Houston, Houston Bike Share will lead strategic planning for the next phase of bike share in Houston.
"We're in a great position to explore the possibilities of a more advanced bike share system and it's going to bring amazing things for Houston,” said Martin. “People who ride BCycle love it, and we know we will attract more users to the service – for both work and play – once the system is more accessible to all. We're expanding and now it's also time to evolve."
Houston Bike Share has been the exclusive operator of the city's bike share system since 2012, growing the program from 3 stations and 18 bikes to 51 stations and 400 bikes across central Houston. In 2017, a total of 52,332 riders made 142,257 trips using the BCycle system. That's an increase of 40% in riders and 25% in trips from 2016. Expansion of the current BCycle dock-based system is underway with a goal of 100 stations and 900+ bikes by 2019.
With several new “lock-to” and “dockless” bike share models emerging in the U.S., Houston Bike Share will also be releasing a Request for Information to understand and analyze the ever-changing best practices and trends in bike sharing technology and implementation.
The RFI will be released in the coming weeks. Respondents will be encouraged to provide all useful and relevant information for an advanced bike share system with special consideration for reaching unserved areas and providing equitable access. Bike share companies and experts will be asked to set forth how to appropriately interact in the public right-of-way, integrate with the current system, respond to concerns and measure success.
“I'm passionate about getting more Houstonians on bikes and we'll accomplish that when we embrace new innovations to create a bigger and better bike share system,” said Martin. “I'm fired up and excited to work with the public and private sectors to find the best way forward.”