Want a Bike Share in Your Backyard? If You Live Downtown, Tell Bike Nation

Screen grab from the ##http://www.bikenationusa.com/suggest/##"Suggest a Kiosk"## homepage for Bike Nation.

It’s been a big week for Bike Nation. While most media will note their plans to bring 2,500 bikes to the City of Long Beach for another Southern California bike share program, a smaller project is going to get big attention in the Los Angeles bicycle community.

Yesterday, Bike Nation announced that registered users can submit locations to them through an online mapping program for bike sharing kiosks in Downtown Los Angeles. Earlier this year, Bike Nation announced plans to bring 4,000 bikes to a bike share program in Los Angeles focusing on Downtown, Hollywood, Westwood and Venice Beach. The Downtown is expected to be the first community to see the kiosks, hopefully by the end of this year.

But where will the bike kiosks go? Bike Nation has been mum on details, but has announced that they will be on both public and private land. The new “suggest a station” web map gives anyone a chance to tell Bike Nation where the kiosks ought to go or give a thumbs up or down to the ones already suggested.

“We understand that the success of a bike share program is based on providing affordable and, most importantly, accessible kiosks located within close proximity to areas of community-interest,” writes Bike Nation Chief Operating Officer Derek Fretheim. “This online campaign provides a voice to the community and is something we will certainly take into account as we determine the best kiosk locations in our network.”

Directions on how to use the website, provided by Bike Nation, are after the jump.

Here’s the URL: http://www.bikenationusa.com/suggest/

Continue reading for  instructions on how to register and the process for suggesting/commenting.


  1. To register, hit the “Register” link in the top right corner and fill out the required form. To protect your identity, our passwords require both a symbol (e.g !, @, #) and a number.
  2. Log in with your credentials using the link in the top right corner.
  3. To suggest a station, click on the map, fill out the optional comment section, and hit suggest.
  4. To comment on a previously suggested site, fill out the optional comment section, and hit “Like” or “Dislike” to submit.
We hope you enjoy this Web App and we look forward to seeing your suggestions! If you encounter any errors or problems, email them at info@bikenationusa.com.
  • This feature is great… there’s a few technical glitches — I’ve gotten some runtime errors while trying to post comments, and then found that my comments or Likes will be posted 2-3 times. But other than that… the ability to pinpoint locations and comment on the benefits of those others have posted is great!

  • Steven, email Bike Nation at info@bikenationusa so we can sort out those errors.

  • Ally

    Long Beach!!!  Allen Crawford, what were you guys thinking!!!  You guys obviously haven’t heard the FTC’s compliant tht Bike Nation is advertising they are Buy USA Compliant, when it’s impossible for them!  B-Cycle would have been your best option!  Have you guys even gone to the Anahiem kiosks they have…they don’t work!  and the bikes don’t work right!  ugh!  This is nutz!  I thought when Al was taking the reins that he would be smart…it looks like it’s another screw up in Long Beach! 

  • Bikeshare Friend

    Hi Ally,
    I’ve not read about the FTC thing. Have a link?

  • Bikeshare Friend

    Well, Long Beach has been suckered. Never mind the seriously shady operation of opening an office weeks before a confirming vote (Really? Did you think no one would notice?), but Bike Nation is still vaporware with no installations, no one with bikeshare experience on their staff, and a business plan that cannot work as described (instead, only as a means to reduce their parent company’s tax burdens thus requiring every day citizens to pay the taxes on First Pacific Holdings actual profits).

    It’s a classic game of Hollywood accounting facilitated by sports industry investors and desperate C-rate actors obscured by the guise of “FREE to You!”.

    When the house of cards comes crumbling down, it will be Southern California that bears the weight of “bikeshare failure” and the general public will be doomed to distrust the concept like Portland has been.

    Do your part and request the LA Times do a full investigation on Bike Nation. Company connections, billing, honesty in “Buy America” compliance, deadlines missed, and shady backroom deals utilizing former mayors as PR consultants.

    They’re a private company, but even private companies are subject to public investigation when their products are going to be anchored all over the public right of way.

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