A Plan Summary and the full Feasibility and Implementation Plan can be downloaded from www.tammanybikeshare.com.
“A positive experience on a quality bicycle positions us all to become a more bike-friendly community,” says Steve Sperier, owner of Spokesman Pro Bike Works of Mandeville. “This community-wide shift will ultimately benefit bike shops and other local businesses moving forward.”
STUDY CONFIRMS, BIKESHARE IS A GOOD IDEA FOR ST. TAMMANY
The main results from a study on the feasibility and implementation of a regional bikeshare system serving St. Tammany Parish reveal that a robust 187 pedal-assisted bikes, housed in more than 50 hubs, would be a welcome and successful bikeshare system anchored along the Tammany Trace. Using no government funds and absolutely zero taxpayer dollars, the study that was started nearly a year ago also recommended that the Parish select, through a public process, an experienced bikeshare company committed to hiring locally and establishing a partnership with an existing bicycle shop.
At the urging of local leaders, the Northshore Community Foundation began the process to bring a region-wide Bikeshare platform to the Northshore. They commissioned Bantam Strategy Group and Toole Design Group to do the study. Several layers of quantitative and qualitative factors to determine the feasibility of the system included a website with interactive mapping, community outreach meetings, and several layers of GIS analysis to determine the fleet size and service area. Additionally, Bantam evaluated various bikeshare business models available and outlining a practicable system business pro-forma. 392 public surveys were completed with 67 percent of respondents stating bikeshare is a good idea for St. Tammany Parish.
• Phase 1: 187 smart electric bike fleet with roughly 53 mobility hub locations including parts of Covington, Abita Springs, Mandeville, Slidell, Pelican Park and Fontainebleau State Park. Phase 2: 88 additional bicycles and 25 hubs in a future phase, within three years
• Install and identify designated bikeshare hubs and locations as bikeshare specific, using signage and geofencing technology for a positive user experience
• Implement a Privately Owned and Operated Model with no government funding with a competitive request for proposals for bikeshare equipment, technology, and operations
• St. Tammany should select one vendor for a multi-city system, as opposed to many disconnected vendors due to the narrow right of ways, visual clutter, and community sizes
• Select an experienced bikeshare professional with durable equipment committed to hiring locally and establishing a local partnership with a bicycle shop - This local partnership could create a new source of revenue ranging from roughly $100,000 - $150,000 for an existing local bike shop
• System funding is comprised of user fees and corporate sponsorship. A funding shortfall is calculated for the capital and operations over a 5-year period, which equates to roughly $700 per bike per year