Chattanooga Bike-Share Goes Live With Same Software as NYC

In a good sign for the deployment of Citi Bike in New York City, Chattanooga went live with its bike-share system last night. The system, called Bike Chattanooga, consists of 300 bikes at 28 stations. More importantly, as far as New York is concerned: It uses the same bikes and kiosks as Citi Bike, which has been delayed by software glitches.

The Daily News reported over the weekend that, after missing a scheduled May 1 launch, Bike Chattanooga would likely be delayed until fall. But Chattanoogans won’t have to wait that long, and last night’s launch may mean New Yorkers won’t have to either. It’s too early to say whether Citi Bike will definitely launch in August (we have an inquiry in with DOT about this), but the news out of Tennessee indicates that the software problems won’t be a long-term bug.

Also, hats off to Chattanooga for being a pioneer in the region. As the press release notes, Bike Chattanooga is the first significant bike-share system in the southeast (which I suppose must not include Miami Beach).

  • Anonymous

    PLEASE START BIKE SHARE ALREADY!!!! IT’S SUMMER!!!!

    There have been soooooooo many instances this summer, where I’ve been like, man, I wish bike share had started already, so I can just hop on a bike, instead of paying for a cab.  

  • wiscobiker

    significant? i guess, but not only bike-share in southeast. charolette b-cycle recently launched, too, with about 10 stations. i think b-cycle materials said they were the *first* bike share to launch in southeast. now alta says they are the first *large-scale* bike share to launch in southeast. ahh, it’s fun to watch the 2 companies battle it out.

  • Becoolbe999

    They are cheating people,problem is coming from alta bike … they told march 15 2012 than july 15 2012 than ??? 

  • mcKenzie29

    @b321eca486c3b64ef4e0b59e73bdc04e:disqus Charlotte hasn’t launched yet, their site suggests that it will go live on July 31st. 
    http://charlotte.bcycle.com/