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Bike Share Takes off

With 50,000 rides completed, Austin B-cycle plans expansion outside of downtown

line of Austin B-cycle bikes for Austin Bike Share program with Late Night with Seth Meyers ad
Austin B-cycle is ready for expansion. Photo courtesy of Austin B-cycle/Facebook

Austin B-cycle has been running up its odometer since beginning service in Austin on December 21, 2013. Locals use the bike share program as an alternative transportation option, forgoing four wheels for two.  

In a little more than four months, Austinites racked up over 50,000 trips on the little red bicycles, logging 87,000 miles of travel. Austin B-cycle estimates that around 13,000 of those trips replaced car trips, and locals burned 3.3 million calories by pedaling across downtown.

With numbers like that, it’s no surprise that there are plans for expansion. Additional stations will open near the Austin Convention Center and Rainey Street, which saw such heavy use during SXSW that they broke bike share records set by the New York City Citi Bike program.

Other locations that will see expansions include Fourth Street and Congress Avenue; South Congress Avenue and Academy Drive; and the Pfluger Bridge at Second Street. Austin B-cycle will soon be branching out of downtown, with new stations at South Lamar and Barton Springs Road and along the popular restaurant row near Zilker Park. 

Annual memberships are available for $80, weekly passes for $25 or daily passes for $8. 

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