Memberships purchased: 24-hour, 1,585; 7-day, 3; 30-day, 9; annual, 280.
Most popular stations:
1. Trinity Park, Tilley Bridge
2. Trinity Park, West 7th Street and Stayton
3. 2597 West 7th Street, Montgomery Plaza
4. Intermodal Transportation Center, North
5. Magnolia and Lipscomb
6. Sundance Square downtown, South
7. Belknap and Taylor downtown
8. City Hall downtown
9. Sundance Square, North
10. Omni Hotel downtown
Busiest days: Saturday and Sunday
Summer plan: Add 4-6 stations, roll out promotion to encourage more hotel guests to use Bike Share, set up temporary station at Colonial golf tournament Saturday and Sunday, at Streams and Valleys bike corral near Log Cabin Village.
Kristen Camareno, Bike Sharing’s executive director, says the organization’s goal for the next few months is “education.”
“There’s a lot of questions about usage fees and how that works,” she said.
Simply put, some bike sharers – whether on an $8 day pass or $80 annual membership - haven’t understood that extra fees kick in after the first 30 minutes you’ve got the bike checked out. The fee is $1.50 for the second half hour, and $3 for every half hour after that.
So if you check the bike out at Trinity Park and take it down the trail for a tour, you’ll end up paying extra fees.
Fort Worth Bike Sharing has heard it from some riders who didn’t understand the rules until the fees hit their credit card, Camareno said.
“We’re still trying to re-iterate the fact that it’s bike sharing, not long term bike rental,” she said.
Bike Sharing is also on the lookout for new stations to add this summer to its initial 28, filling in gaps in the Fort Worth network.
“We’d really like to hit the southwest/west side of downtown a little bit better,” such as between Henderson Street and Lamar and Taylor, she said.
“We hope to add at least one in that area, maybe two this summer,” she said.
Another spot in the network, TCU, has only one station, at West Cantey Street and Rogers, and Bike Sharing wants to add more.
“I hope TCU embraces it,” she said. “We’d love to see a small network of stations around the campus. It’s needed, it’d be a great way for students to get around without a car and it helps alleviate the parking and transportation issues.”
Its GPS data from the bikes indicates TCU users are riding the bikes to the Near South Side, where the nearest station is at Park Place and Enderly, off of 8th Avenue in a cluster of restaurants, Camareno said.
For future locations, Bike Sharing also is paying attention to locations where it sees bikes locked up.
“People email me pictures all the time,” Camareno said. The Clear Fork Food Truck Park off of University Drive on the Trinity Trail is one frequent location, she said. “We’ve seen a couple at the Fort Worth Zoo, some at the Botanic Gardens.”
Bike Sharing in Fort Worth has taken off faster than expected, Camareno said. As expected, more users opted for day passes rather than annual memberships, even if they ended up being repeat users during the first month, a trend that plays out early on in other bike share cities, she said.
The popularity of the Trinity Park station near the Tilley Bridge has been surprising.
“I think people have been very pleased with how it has incorporated into the trail system,” she said.
- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram Fort Worth City Hall reporter