Updated 26.10.2023

15 October 2010

Bike Share Usage Comparisons

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DC Smartbikes
Paris Bike Culture - Vive la Vélib'
Vienna City Bike Couple 2
Dublin Cycle Chic - Dublinbikes
Barcelona Bicing Card
Girocleta Girona 02

Paul Martin in Brisbane sent me an online toy this morning and I've been playing around with it. It's a live map of bike share system use in a variety of cities.

I decided to compare the levels of bike share use in 12 cities. Nine of them in Europe, as well as Melbourne, Montreal and Washington, DC.

I checked the levels of usage at 08:00 AM in all the European cities (I'm including London and Dublin under that label). The morning rush hour is beginning, people are heading to work. I checked the current weather conditions, too. It's late-autumn in Europe and morning temperatures are getting chillier.

So, here we go. At 08:00 in the morning local time on a Friday:


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PARIS - VÉLIB [8 AM / 10°C / cloudy]

753 bikes in use

4.3% in use / Normal

753 is highest so far today


MILAN - BIKEMI [8 AM / 8°C / shallow fog]

110 bikes in use

9% in use / High

1142 is highest so far today


LONDON - BORIS BIKES [8 AM / 10°C / light drizzle]

404 bikes in use

9% in use / High

404 is highest so far today


BARCELONA - BICING [8 AM - 12°C / party cloudy]

847 bikes in use

17% in use / Extremely high

882 is highest so far today


DUBLIN - DUBLIN BIKES [8 AM / 6°C / party cloudy]

76 bikes in use

20% in use / Extremely high

78 is highest so far today


BRUSSELS - VILLO [8 AM / 9°C / mostly cloudy]

106 bikes in use

6% in use / Fairly high

106 is highest so far today


VIENNA - CITYBIKES [8 AM / 8°C / cloudy]

54 bikes in use

7% in use / Fairly high

72 is highest so far today


SEVILLE - SEVICI [8 AM / 15°C / fine]

265 bikes in use

13% in use / Very high

265 is highest so far today


VALENCIA - VALENBISI [8 AM / 16°C / mostly cloudy]

101 bikes in use

10% in use / High

175 is highest so far today

That brings us to the cities outside of Europe. In Melbourne when it's 08:00 CET, the time is 17:00. Rush hour going home on a Friday. Prime time for bike share system use. The weather is, coincedentally, very similar to many European cities. Drizzle in London, light rain in Melbourne.

There are comparable levels of bicycle-friendly infrastructure and a general perception of 'crazy drivers' in Melbourne and a number of the cities on the list, which makes an even better comparison. So how is their bike share system doing? Remember, Melbourne is the only city on the list that has an all-ages, mandatory helmet law (and one of the very few places that actually enforce it.)


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MELBOURNE - BIKESHARE [5 PM / 8°C / light rain]

3 bikes in use

0.7% in use / Very low

7 is highest so far today

There is still little improvement in usage in Melbourne, despite enormous media coverage.

I checked out Washington, DC and Montreal as well. Please note that the time in these two cities was 02:30. Middle of the night. Was anybody using their bike share bicycles?


WASHINGTON - DC BIKES [2:30 AM / 11°C / cloudy]

7 bikes in use

1.2% in use / Low

38 is highest so far today


MONTREAL - BIXI [2:30 AM / 10°C / light rain]

20 bikes in use

0.5% in use / Extremely low

243 is highest so far today

Well... um... in the middle of the night in Washington and Montreal there are more bike share bicycles in use than in Melbourne.

Last year, Copenhagenize selected The World's Worst Bike Share Programme - Wheels4Wellness. It still may be the dubious winner of the title, but goodness me... Melbourne just may be gaining.

Just before publishing this, I had a look at the current levels at time of writing.

Dublin: 09:00 AM - 42% bikes in use!
London: 09:00 AM - 17% bikes in use!
Paris: 10:00 AM - 7% bikes in use - up 2.7% since an hour ago.

Check out the Oobrien.com website and see the current levels in all these cities and more.