Austin’s bike sharing system continues to expand.
This week, B-cycle Austin is installing three new stations – one at Cesar Chavez Street and Congress Avenue, a second at Sterzing Street and Barton Springs Road, and a third on Henderson Street between Sixth and Ninth streets.
Pam LeBlanc hits the road to test Austin’s B-cycle bike share system.
The three new stations are part of a larger 18-station, 125-bicycle expansion taking place during the next 18 months.
The system, which launched in December 2013, already does brisk business with its 51 stations and 380 bright red, basket-adorned bikes.
To use the system, users must either buy an annual membership for $80 or use a credit card to pay for a $12 day pass, a $15 three-day pass or an $11 monthly pass (plus one-time $15 enrollment fee). Once they’ve done that, they can take as many trips as they want for no additional cost — as long as they check the bike in at one of the stations every 60 minutes. If they keep a bike out longer, they’re charged $4 for each 30 minutes.
So far in 2017, 23,016 riders have logged 104,000 trips and 366,000 miles on the bikes.
Officials have not yet decided where the other 15 stations will be installed.
The expansion is funded in part by the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Alternatives Program and administered by the Texas Department of Transportation. Austin B-cycle is a public-private partnership between the City of Austin, the system owner, and Bike Share of Austin, the local non-profit operator.