Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 24, 2014
Have you spotted those groovy red bikes with the big baskets cruising around downtown?
The city’s new bike share system has been up and running since Dec. 21, and we’ve got some statistics about their usage.
As of Jan. 21, users had made 3,880 trips on Austin B-Cycle bikes, according to Movability Austin.
The system currently has 11 stations in the downtown area. By March 1, that network will expand to about 40 stations.
In its first month, Austin B-Cycle reported an average of 115 trips a day. A total of 272 trips were made on the system’s busiest day so far.
Austin B-Cycle also reports 70 founding members, 309 annual members and 1,950 casual members, defined as people who purchased day passes or seven-day passes.
I’m one of them. I had a blast riding from the Capitol to South Congress aboard one of the bikes one day last month.
I’m betting numbers will surge when the weather warms and more stations open.