London's top wheels
London’s urban bike-sharing scheme has beat Chicago into second spot in a usability ranking of the world’s major cities. New York City ranked as the worst service during the final quarter of last year, according to research conducted by Stage Intelligence.
However, the UK capital’s performance may be under threat. “Operators need to make sure that riders have access to bikes when and where they need them without over servicing the market,” says head of operations at Stage Intelligence Tom Nutley. “This is where the London scheme could be at most risk. The data is very positive for London but it could be using too much city resource to manage its operations, especially when there is no need to.”
Stage’s usability metrics compares system docking stations within a 500m radius of each other,
Not including in the rankings are dockless bikes such as those provided by oBike and Mobike, which are proving less than popular in European cities as users leave them cluttering pathways.