Research Grants/Fellowships/SBIR

On-Bike Automated Bike Share System

EPA Grant Number: SU834706
Title: On-Bike Automated Bike Share System
Investigators: Bras, Bert
Current Investigators: Bras, Bert , Azevedo, Kyle , Doshi, Siddharth , Pantev, Anton , Romaniw, Yuriy , Shen, Alice
Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Project Period: August 15, 2010 through August 14, 2011
Project Amount: $10,000
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Research Category: Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Challenge Area - Built Environment , P3 Challenge Area - Energy , P3 Awards , Sustainability



The Georgia Tech On-Bike Automated Bike Share system is a unique transit solution that creates a smart, distributed bike share infrastructure. Our system eliminates the need for stationary bike racks and kiosks, decreasing costs, increasing bicycle usage, and maximizing energy and emissions reductions.


The GT Bike Share uses a bicycle-mounted electronic smart-lock that can communicate with a central server. GPS and wireless communications are built into the smart-lock, which creates positional and situational awareness. Bicycles can be checked out using a cell phone from any location at any time. The system’s connectivity reduces theft and vandalism, and allows bikes to be located in an emergency. Funds made available from the EPA will be used to refine the wireless communications, IT system, and associated research, allowing the system to reach its full potential as an emerging transit alternative.

Expected Results:

Anonymized location data sent by the bikes will be analyzed to identify usage patterns as well as identify supply and demand hotspots. The advanced IT infrastructure creates a research platform for policy investigation, program education, and operational improvements. Georgia Tech and Emory University are implementing a pilot within Emory’s existing Bike Emory program. Once tested, the system will be expanded to encompass Georgia Tech’s campus and potentially the City of Atlanta. Analysis will be documented and published for adoption by cycling programs worldwide.

Supplemental Keywords:

Sustainable development, land use, urban planning, sustainable mobility, public transportation;

Progress and Final Reports:
Final Report