Bike sharing stations contribute towards the sociability and amenability of the area they occupy. The stations attract not only riders, but also passerby and walkers creating a social infrastructure. The stations become ideal spots for relaxing where people can chill, read, eat, socialize, converse and skateboard.
City bike sharing stations make spaces social and encourage strangers to talk to each other.
Serves as Landmarks
Bike sharing stations have become popular rendezvous points across USA. The stations with their bright markings and kiosks serve as casual landmarks, enhancing the beauty and usability of the space.
Young people also seem to hang out at the stations, especially in those located in campuses and colleges.
Convenient Street Seating
If you take a look at the bike sharing stations in our country, you will find that they serve as ideal seating locations. People sit or lean against the station docks as they are of the perfect height. The people contribute towards natural surveillance and also enhance the beauty of the space.
Sometimes you may even find a few folks sitting on the seats of the cycles!
Acts as Way Finders
We noticed many people lining up near the neighborhood map in the kiosk of one of the bike sharing stations we designed. On probing further, we found that the individuals were lost and using the map to find directions to their destinations.
Bike sharing stations serve as pedestrian wayfinding signage along with helping the riders plan the route of their journeys.
Increased Economic Activity
Bike sharing stations also generate economic activity in the area. In New York City, researchers discovered that having a bike sharing station in the locality increases economic activity and spending in stores nearby. Out of all businesses, restaurants and eateries benefit the most from the increased spending by riders and other people who frequent the stations.
Bike sharing stations even increase commercial spending. They can replace metered parking and increase turnover by accommodating numerous bikes in a single car parking space.
Bike sharing stations create valuable public or private spaces (in case of parking lots, offices, campuses) and generate economic activity. You can expect a buzz of chatter and increased footfall where the stations are located. So if you have a store or business, you can surely benefit from the increased number of customers walking through your doors!