Austin B-Cycle today announced new $5 memberships for low-income residents, and unveiled several new stations at affordable housing communities.
The $5 annual memberships are part of the bike share system’s new “B-cycle for All” program. Residents who make $25,000 or less and are not full-time students can get the reduced rate memberships by calling 512-954-1665. Four hundred of the low-cost annual memberships will be available.
Austin B-Cycle also unveiled four new stations, including three – one at Sata Rita Courts, Second Street at Pedernales Street, another at Chalmers Courts, Fourth Street at Chicon Street, and a third at Capital Studios, 11th Street at Chicon Street – that are part of the Austin Bike Share Equity Project.
Austin was one of seven cities selected by the Better Bikes Share Partnership to receive a $50,000 grant to fund the equity program. The Downtown Austin Alliance also contributed $10,000. The program is designed to increase the usage of bike share among low-income populations as a low cost, reliable transportation solution.
A fourth new station at Sixth Street and Lavaca Street was funded by Parkway Properties, Austin Ventures and Green Mountain Energy.
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