What Can Smart BikeShare Technology Look like?

In Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga Springs New York

Shared Mobility Inc. was featured in the New York Times this month detailing a 4 city demonstration of smart bike technology. Unlike traditional station-based bike sharing systems, such as Citi Bike, ‘smart bikes’ utilize GPS, reservation hardware, and an industrial lock on each bike. This allows users to lock the bike to any piece of public infrastructure, while also utilizing virtual locations by geo-locating the bike.


Over one month, our staff facilitated over 2,000 trips interacting with 500 potential users of the system. We hope this demonstration leads to public and private investment to sustain a local service in Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, and Troy, New York.


Albany BikeShare Heat Map


During demonstrations, the Team provided municipalities and other public agencies with spatial and survey data that will assist with decision-making processes for their shared mobility programs. Above is a heat map that displays the use of the bikes during 2 weeks in Albany. The darker the red, the more intense the ridership was.