Bike Nation Lives…in Fullerton

Bike Nation kiosks are going up in Fullerton. Photo via Bike Nation

Reports of Bike Nation’s demise are at least somewhat premature.

The Bike share company began station installations in Fullerton last Friday and over the weekend.  The newly installed stations are at Fullerton’s City Hall, Transportation Center and the (South of Commonwealth) SOCO Parking Garage.  Additional installations will be completed this week.

This first round of installation is funded by a grant from the Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA). The $1.5 million OCTA contract will install a total of 165 bikes and 15 stations at a variety of locations within the City. In addition, Bike Nation committed to co-invest in the program by adding up to 35 stations and 350 bikes to the Fullerton system, resulting in a potential bike share reach for Fullerton of 50 stations and 515 bikes.

As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 135,161.

Following the disappointing news of a rollback of the pilot program in Anaheim and the news that Mayor Eric Garcetti is pushing for a regional bike share system that seems to be reversing a previous position to wait for a “free” system from Bike Nation; the Fullerton installation is a sign that the Orange County based bike share firm is alive and not out of the game.

Streetsblog will follow-up and provide more details on the system when it opens and as the rollout continues.

  • james

    Great, a city almost as unfriendly to bicycles as Anaheim, despite the presence of a University and a significant amount of streetcar era development. I was under the impression that a DUI is a sort of rite of passage amongst the local youth.

    Bike Nation is a company that peddles rental beachcruisers, styled to look vaguely European, to city officials suffering from a bout of me-too-ism. How appropriate for a city that forces cyclists onto sidewalks that their bikeshare company uses tarted up children’s bikes.

  • Joe Linton

    Good, but where are the bikes? It doesn’t seem like news until the bikeshare bicycles are actually there…

  • CarShare Directory

    Wouldn’t call it premature. When are they heading to #DTLA ? Who cares about kiosks. Is there still an issue with how they will raise revenue with selling advertising space on the racks/bikes?

  • Anonymous

    Peddles… I see what you did there.

  • The reepanator

    BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Do not be scammed and ripped off by yet another too good to be true lie concocted by a well known crook by the name of Derek Fretheim! Derek has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from peopl all across the nation to fund his ponzie schemes and bike nation is just another iteration. In fact the supposed “proprietary hardware and software” is nothing more than leftovers from two failed companies that he owned and operated with his wife Traci Martin; Ceroview LLC and Acire Inc. Traci finally had enough of his lies and divorced his butt but not before he convinced her to help him steal money from her family and their employees and customers. Unfortunately for everyone involved the Fretheims are well known for being ripoff artists that never pay their bills and take money from their customers without delivering product. This venture I am sure will be no different.

  • Bikeshare Friend

    It has been 3 years since I and many other commenters on LA Streetsblog began sharing our suspicions, distrust, and disapproval of California cities considering doing business with Bike Nation.

    This Fullerton bikeshare pilot program which cost $1.5 million has, as of today, failed.

    From OCTA: “Dear BikeShare annual pass holder,

    Thank you for rolling with us during the OCTA BikeShare Pilot Program. As of Thursday, January 15, 2015, the OCTA BikeShare Pilot Program will be discontinued. The last day to ride will be on Thursday, January 15, 2015. After that, you’ll no longer be able to check out a bike. OCTA will reimburse the remaining cost of purchased annual memberships. Please note that Thursday, January 15, 2015 will also be the last day to access your online BikeShare dashboard. All of your personal information will be kept confidential.”

    In my opinion, this is both a good and bad development.

    It’s good in that Bike Nation/First Pacific Holdings and Fretheim/Narang have a very big “FAIL” painted on them for this scam/scheme.

    It’s bad in the OCTA fell for the bait and now have a “FAIL” on their bike record. While they disregarded the advice of their hand-picked RFP committee (who chose B-Cycle), they were undoubtedly suckered by the potential of a net-zero cost bikeshare system. I feel bad for them.

    It’s also bad for bikeshare in general. While Orange County doesn’t have the population or tourism density to make bikeshare an all-out success, I know that this failure will always be brought up in the future if that density or tourism ever arrives. Such went Portland.

    To all of those who followed Bike Nation on LA Streetsblog all this time (Bikeshare Enemy, Dennis Hindman, Damien Newton)– thanks for keeping the conversation going. Even if all the info, photos, and background that I sent to various news agencies got zero play, I did what I could to expose Bike Nation.

  • calwatch

    No, they were suckered by Curt Pringle’s stamp of approval.

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