A vision for creating “share-ports”


As our transportation mode choices expand and the infrastructure is being improved and upgraded for complete streets; bus rapid transit, modern streetcars, or light rail; bicycle commuting; bike and/or car sharing; and walkability, coordinating all these expanded choices into a logical transportation network becomes an issue to consider. Hence, my proposal of creating “share-ports.”

Bike sharing station Source: utk.edu

In a nutshell, a “share-port” would be a multi-modal transportation facility specifically designed, located, and constructed to emphasize active, alternative, and non-motorized transportation options at convenient and easily accessible locations. For too many decades, transportation infrastructure has overempahsized the personal car and righting this wrong is long past due. The “share-port” is meant to provide both visible and tangible evidence that active transportation options are here to stay and to create the applicable infrastructure necessary to support it in a coordinated fashion that clusters all these options at nodal locations.

A “share-port” can be located in the heart of the city, on a college campus, in a major shopping or entertainment district, at a park and ride facility, a major employer, a medical center, or just about anywhere that is convenient and accessible to as many people as possible. Whenever possible and practical, a share-port should include all of the following features:

  • A sheltered transit stop
  • Bicycle parking racks (preferably sheltered)
  • Bicycle storage lockers
  • A bicycle sharing station
  • A Zipcar style automobile sharing station
  • Sheltered and outdoor seating
  • Bicycle service station (see example photograph below)
  • Dedicated vanpool/carpool loading/unloading space
  • Direct communications access to area taxi services
  • Wi-fi services
  • If the site is large enough, some park and ride facilities with EV charging stations.

Bicycle service station at MSU Bikes

The closest example to a share-port that I have personally seen is a facility at a AATA park and ride in Ann Arbor, Michigan at US 23 and Plymouth Road. At the northwest corner of the park and ride are a sheltered transit stop, bicycle parking racks, and bicycle storage lockers.

Zipcar station on the MSU campus

Using Greater Lansing as an example, share-ports could be situated at a number of locations throughout the city, such as, but not limited to:

  • Downtown (south) at the CATA Transportation Center
  • Downtown (north) at Lansing Community College
  • Downtown (east) at the Stadium District
  • Downtown (west) at the Michigan Historical Museum/State Library
  • Old Town
  • REO Town
  • Downtown East Lansing
  • Michigan State University (two locations)
  • East Lansing AMTRAK station
  • Capital Region International Airport
  • Sparrow Hospital
  • McLaren/Ingham Regional Hospital
  • St. Lawrence Hospital
  • Eastwood Town Center
  • Meridian Mall
  • Lansing Mall
  • Frandor
  • Major area park and ride lots such as I-96 and Okemos Road
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4 Responses to A vision for creating “share-ports”

  1. Great idea, this would make transit hubs much more versitile. The closest example I can think of in Minneapolis is the Seward Food Co-op, which has a bus stop, a Nice Ride bicycle share station, an HourCar car share spot, and ample bike racks.

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  2. Kurt Wallace says:

    I think this model is slowly becoming reality, from a couple of directions.
    First, universities are getting more sophisticated on both the bike and transit fronts, with Zipcar and bike tools becoming something commonly available.
    Next, I think companies are thinking about how to bundle these things into one location. We’re working with a couple of companies in California to try to make something like this reality for them – juries out on exactly what combination will work, but it would be Zip+electric car charging+bike tools+bike pump+shuttle stop.

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