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  • Pacers Bikeshare Celebrates 1 Year, Announces Extended Hours and New Bike for Year 2

    by Kären Haley - Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. | Apr 23, 2015



    Indiana Pacers Bikeshare Celebrates First Year with Over 108,000 Bike Rides
    Program also announces Extended Summer Hours and Introduces New Bike for Year 2

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. today celebrated the one year anniversary of the Pacers Bikeshare program with a public birthday party outside of Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. and announced the ridership numbers for the first year.  First year milestones include 108,049 trips on the gold bikes which equate to 218,259 miles, or almost 9 times around the globe. 

    1636 Annual Members were responsible for 44% of the first year trips. Collectively, all of the bikesahre trips in the past year resulted in riders burning almost 9 million calories and taking more then 206,000 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

    “It’s inspiring to see how our entire community has adopted the gold bikes as their own”, said Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. Executive Director, Kären Haley. “Having bike infrastructure like the Cultural Trail makes using Pacers Bikeshare easy and accessible for anyone and is one of the reasons so many people enjoy the bikes.”

    Pacers Bikeshare operating hours will be extended for the summer months making the active transportation option even more accessible.  Bikes will be available from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. through Labor Day weekend.  

    A new, “Indy Welcomes All” blue bike was also unveiled at the celebration.  People who find and ride the blue bike are encouraged to take a photo and post it to social media using the hashtags #IndyBlueBike.  Winning photo will be selected weekly through May 31st.

    Indiana Pacers Bikeshare Year 1 By the Numbers:

    • 26 Stations
    • 250 Bikes
    • 1636 Annual Members
    • 28,206 Day Passes
    • 108,049 Total Trips
    •  8,673,093 calories burned - Roughly the equivalent of eating 44,477 donuts
    • 218,529 miles ridden - Almost 9 times around the earth
    • 206,374 pounds of carbon reduced - Equivalent of taking 25 cars off the road this year


    Indiana Pacers Bikeshare, a program of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. launched on April 22, 2014.

  • BCycle Helps Set Records for System Funded by University Students

    by Marina Marich - BCycle Press Release | Apr 22, 2015


    BCycle, which develops and delivers best-in-class bike share systems worldwide, announced today that its proprietary system helped set several usage records for the first and only bike share program in the United States to be funded through university student fees.

    BCycle’s newest system, Great Rides Bike Share, in Fargo, North Dakota, is a collaboration between the city of Fargo and North Dakota State University (NDSU). The system has been rolling for a month, and it has experienced unprecedented and record-setting usage, including more than:

    • 20,000 checkouts to date, averaging about 1,000-1,250 checkouts per day
    • 4,300 student members
    • 1,500 trips
    • 170 trips being checked out in one hour
    • 30+ trips recorded on several bikes in one day with no fewer than 14 trips being recorded per bike, per day

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    “We’re pleased that Fargo’s bike share system is off to an exceptional start. The extremely high usage and membership redemption rates demonstrate that our enterprise software and proven hardware are performing well,” said BCycle President Bob Burns. “It has been rewarding to work with Great Rides Bike Share, the city of Fargo and North Dakota State University to meet the system’s unique needs.”

    BCycle developed new MFRID technology for Great Rides Bike Share, and worked with NDSU to create a software solution that allows students to use their Bison Card student IDs to access the system with a click of the mouse or tap of the screen.

    “It is incredibly exciting to see this program take form and make an impact not only in our transportation fabric but also for recreation,” said NDSU Student Body President Sarah Russell. “I have yet to see an NDSU student on a Bike Share bike that isn’t smiling. Friendships are being made ‘on bikes’ simply because the program provides an activity to get together to do. Bike Share finds its way into conversations, social media, community collaboration and so much more, so we are very proud that NDSU has embraced this with open arms.”

    Great Rides Bike Share is the newest member of the BCycle bike share family. BCycle systems are located in more than 40 cities and municipalities in the United States and South America.

    BCycle’s unique non-profit operations model requires a collaborative approach. In Fargo, the city and university agreed to bring a bike share program to the community that would incorporate the school. They invited the non-profit Great Rides and other community members to provide input and selected BCycle as the bike share system provider.

    “We thought we were creating a transportation model, but in many ways, we’re seeing a recreational model emerge. It’s exhilarating to see college students pedaling for the pure joy of riding,” said Tom Smith, steering committee member of Great Rides Bike Share, owner of Great Northern Bicycle Co. and cycling advocate.

    “Technology is an important component of this success along with lowering barriers to get students on bikes,” said Sara Watson Curry, director of operations, Great Rides Bike Share. “Each check out and ride show our community that biking is another great way to move and fun.”

    Bike Share Great Rides’s system includes 101 bicycles throughout 11 station locations in downtown Fargo and NDSU’s main and downtown campuses. The university and its students fund 30 percent of the system with the remaining 70 percent of capital funding coming from other sources and sponsorships.

    “It’s been quite a ride since inviting BCycle to display the system at Streets Alive, which resulted in pitching the idea the fall of 2011 to Cam Knutson and NDSU Student Government,” said Fargo City Commissioner Mike Williams. “Thanks to optimism, hard work and tenacity of the great student leaders and incredible community partners, Great Rides Bike Share is now a GREAT RIDE for thousands.”

  • Has Philadelphia Made A Bike Share That Can Get The Entire City Biking?

    by Anita Hamilton - Fast Company | Apr 17, 2015
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           Its new program aims to get minorities and low-income residents to hop on bikes by placing stations more equitably and offering a way to pay without a credit card. 

    Ever since Washington, D.C., launched the nation’s first publicly funded bike share program in 2008, some 70 cities have followed suit, from Savannah to Seattle. And while some systems have floundered financially—even D.C.’s original SmartBike system shut down in 2011 before its current Capital Bikeshare took off—bike sharing in the U.S. is clearly on a roll. More than a dozen new networks launched in 2014, up from just four in 2010.

    But Philadelphia will put a new spin on bike share this spring with the launch of its new Indego program in April. In a departure from other bike share programs around the country, fully a third of the 600 bikes in Philadelphia’s Indego system, with stations made by BCycle, will be located in low-income neighborhoods, and all residents will have the option of paying with cash if they don't own a credit card. "We’re blazing some trails," says the city’s bicycle programs manager Aaron Ritz. "We hope that this will be groundbreaking in a repeatable way."

    Despite their increasing success, one area where bike share programs have largely failed is in attracting a diverse ridership. As a rule, bike share users tend to be white, at least middle class, and more often male than female. Even in D.C, where half the residents are black, only 3% of its riders are black, according to a 2013 report on the program. In Boston, which launched its Hubway system in 2011, 80% of riders earn more than the city’s median income of $49,000. New York, which now has nearly 6,000 Citibikes in Manhattan and Brooklyn, has none stationed in the poorest minority neighborhoods.

    Considering that most bike share programs are funded at least in part with public funds, such stark lack of diversity is particularly problematic. Philadelphia, for example, is paying for its Indego bike share with $3 million in city funds and $1.5 million from the state. The rest of the program’s $16 million total budget over the next five years comes from a corporate sponsor (Independence Blue Cross) and a nonprofit family foundation. "You can’t just have a lifestyle amenity that is funded by public resources," says Adonia Lugo, a bicycle anthropologist at Bicicultures, an interdisciplinary research collaboration.

    That’s why Philadelphia decided to design its bike share system, slated to launch on April 23, to appeal not just to tourists and wealthy residents, but to a larger slice of its nearly 1.6 million residents. That includes the 27% who live below the poverty line and the city’s majority minority population, which is 43% black, 12% Latino, and 6% Asian. "Our bike share will be accessible to underserved communities from day one," says Carniesha Fenwick-Kwashie, grant manager of the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia. A $3 million grant from the JPB Foundation is paying for stations in low-income neighborhoods where the median household income is 150% of the poverty line.

    While bike stations in poorer areas may not be as profitable as those near tourist attractions like the Liberty Bell or the Rocky Steps, "It was important for us to put the bikes not only in areas that would be a slam-dunk revenue generator," says Ritz.

    What’s more, Philly will be the first U.S. city to launch its bike share with a cash payment option available to any resident, regardless of income. (While Boston’s Hubway and Capital Bikeshare also have cash payment options, Boston's is only allowed for residents under a certain income threshold and D.C.'s only for residents of certain areas.) They will need access to a computer and a permanent address to sign up for the 30-day membership, which costs $15 and includes an unlimited number of free one-hour rides. They will receive a key fob in the mail giving them access to the system, and can fund their account at 7-Eleven or Family Dollar stores. An annual Indego membership costs $10 plus $4 per ride, and nonmembers can pay $4 per half hour.

    The big question going forward is whether Philly’s efforts to build a better bike share will actually work. "What makes bicycling accessible for people is feeling a sense of belonging or seeing people who look like them riding," says Lugo. Because many low-income people grew up riding public transit, "riding bicycles can be seen as a failure," adds Alison Cohen of Bicycle Transit, which will operate Philly’s network of bikes and stations.

    To get the word out, the city is hiring 10 neighborhood "ambassadors" to show residents how to use the bike share and encourage them to do so. It has also teamed up with the Mural Arts Program to create public murals designed by local artists with help from local elementary schoolkids in low-income areas that will draw attention to the stations. A social media campaign called "Where Will Indego Take You?" will ask riders to take pictures of rides to their favorite parts of the city and share them on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media.

    Philadelphia’s ambitions don’t end at its city limits, either. It’s teaming up with Drexel University's School of Public Health to study the impacts of bike share on riders’ health over the next three years. And it is working with the national nonprofit People for Bikes to help other cities develop more inclusive systems and transform bike share’s image from a luxury for the rich into an affordable, healthy, and fun alternative for more city dwellers.

    See the original article here: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3044431/world-changing-ideas/has-philadelphia-made-a-bike-share-that-can-get-the-entire-city-biking#5
  • SXcycles: B-cycle Breaks Ridership Records at SXSW!

    by Corinna Burford - SXSW News | Apr 17, 2015

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    As attendees descended on the downtown area they proved for the second year in a row that Austin B-cycle is a favorite transit alternative among SXSW registrants and year-round residents of Austin. 

    As attendees descended on the downtown area they proved for the second year in a row that Austin B-cycle is a favorite transit alternative among SXSW registrants and year-round residents of Austin.

    Launched just over a year ago in December 2013, the popular bike share platform has seen two record setting spring seasons during the festivities of SXSW. In 2014, Austin B-cycle set a record 6.2 average of checkouts per b-cycle per day and a one-day record of 10.1 checkouts per b-cycle per day. During the 2015 conference, a record 3,032 total trips were taken in one day on Thursday, March 19th, averaging 8.2 trips per ​B-cycle.

    From March 13th - March 22nd, the Austin B-cycle team manned 9 valet stations and balanced the system nearly 7,000 times to account for the influx of trips made to the central business district, primarily the Austin Convention Center. Throughout the 10 days of SXSW, attendees and visitors of Austin took over 21,000+ trips - nearly 4,000 more trips than B-cycle's inaugural SXSW in 2014!

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  • Austin Keeps It Weird with New BCycle Product

    by Ryan Callahan | Apr 01, 2015


    Waterloo, Wisconsin – April 1, 2015 –
     As the dust settles over Austin with SXSW 2015 in the books, Austin prepares for the 2016 installation of its famous multimedia festival and exhibition.

    Brian Conger, Director of Operations at BCycle, was pleased to announce the launch of a new product to the bike line, BUniCycle, to satisfy the increased demand placed on bike-share systems during events like SXSW.BUniCycle

    “Austin BCycle set a system record during the festivals with more than 3,000 rides in one day and with the average bike being checkout 57 times,” says Conger. “With people from all over the world flocking to Austin for this festival, we are running out of places to locate bikes on the ground.”

    Eric Bybee, Product Design Engineer at BCycle, points out the merits of the BUnis. He said, “Along with the 75 percent reduction in weight, increased handling and minimal footprint, BUnis DirectToWheelTM drive technology also has 126 fewer parts. Fewer parts means less maintenance and lower costs, resulting in more BUnis on the street.”

    The excitement is not only coming from BCycle. Jess Braun, an Austin resident and avid BCycle user exclaimed, “We have seen a huge reduction in car traffic since BCycle came to town. Typically five BCycles can fit into the space that only one car could occupy, but with the crowds we see during SXSW, we need even more! 15 BUnis can fit into that same space? I am sold!”

    Conger sums up the project by stating, “Bicycles are a simple solution to a complex problem. BUnis are an even simpler solution. It’s a no brainer.”

    Oh, and, Happy April Fools’ Day!

  • Austin B-cycle Made the list: How to Navigate SXSW Like a Know-It-All: The Insiders' Guide

    by Andy Langer | Mar 16, 2015

    Best Ride Without Surge Pricing: B-Cycle

    Boasting more than 40 stations ­downtown, B-Cycle, the city's official bike-share, is partnering with SXSW and ­renaming itself SXcycles for the week. ­(austinbcycle.com )

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  • Numbers Show Cincinnati Red Bike is Red Hot

    by Adrianne Kelly | Mar 16, 2015

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    Now that the weather is changing, it might be time for a bike ride, and it looks like Cincinnati Red Bike had a good year, even through the colder months.

    Red Bike underwent a small expansion to get ready for the spring rush at Fourth and Vine streets on Thursday.

    According to Red Bike executive director Jason Barron, Red Bike is red hot.

    "So far people are excited about it. Red Bike has been really popular; people have been using it. It’s a nice new thing in downtown," Barron said.

    The bike sharing program launched in September with winter on the horizon.

    According to the numbers, other than the most snowy parts of February, Red Bike more than survived the winter.

    "We had 2,000 riders in December and 1,800 in January. You know the last couple weeks were a little snowy, but people were still out riding even on the worst days," Barron said.

    The program worked well for bike enthusiast Frank Henson. He now leaves his own bike home when commuting from Madisonville.

    "If you've got eight to 10 blocks to walk, you're going to be just as cold. But when you're on the bike, you get it over quicker," Henson said. "I used to put my personal bike on the front of the bus and come downtown on the bus, get off at a Red Bike station, get on a Red Bike and go."

    Henson said he thinks people will find that the program is as easy as riding a bike.

    " It's pretty intuitive. You get on the bike, you ride it where you need to go and you check it back in," Henson said.

    Along with expansion this summer in Northern Kentucky, there will also be more locations popping in the Cincinnati area. Red Bike hopes to have the expansion done in time for the All Star Game.

  • Bublr Bikes will launch into ride-share season two on Monday

    by Tom Held | Mar 16, 2015

    The team at Bublr Bikes has begun distributing 70 blue two-wheelers to 10 rental stations around the city, preparing to launch the bike-share system's second year on Monday.

     081914 Bublr Lee 17  Bublr Bikes registered 5,200 trips by
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    Bublr Bikes launched in Milwaukee in August of 2014, and provided a transportation alternative, primarily in the downtown area. The launch put Milwaukee on pace with all but a few other major cities in the U.S. that provide short-term bike rental systems.

    With a few months' experience the system revamped its pricing structure for 2015, and will begin to expand into neighborhoods. Targets for 2015 include Bay View, King Drive, Brady Street and the Menomonee Valley, and the build out will be guided by public input gathered through meetings over the next several months, according to Kevin Hardman, executive director.

    "The goal is to have 40 stations," Hardman said. "There's a lot of heavy lifting for us to make that goal."

    Hardman is especially excited about a simpler pricing format designed to encourage more people to try the distinctive bikes produced by a Trek subsidiary, B-Cycle.

    For walk-up users, the bike rentals will cost $3 for every 30 minutes of use. Monthly passes will cost $15 and include unlimited rentals for 60 minutes or less. If a monthly pass holder keeps the bike for more than 60 minutes, the $3 for every 30 minutes charge will apply. For more details, click here.

    In 2014, users paid a $7 access charge that included the first 30 minutes of rental time. It was too confusing and expensive, particularly for people just trying out a Bublr Bike, Hardman said.

    "What we did last year was hugely helpful to understand how to run a great system," Hardman said.

    The bikes proved popular for commuters who traveled to Milwaukee by train, then pedaled to jobs at ManpowerGroup Inc. and offices in Schlitz Park. Tourists looking to travel between downtown attractions also put the bikes to good use, Hardman said.

    "Cities are successful when there's a whole range of transportation choices," he said. "It needs to be a convenient and easy choice."

    Bublr Bikes is a not-for-profit business started to create the bike-share system. The launch has been financed through $1.2 million in sponsorships and donations, $3.1 million in federal grants and $300,000 in city dollars generated through a tax-incremental finance district.

    To reach the 5-year goal of 800 rental bikes at 100 stations across the city, Bublr Bikes projects it will need to generate $5.3 million from user fees and $3.7 million in donations, sponsorship and advertising.

  • Great Rides Fargo Launches

    by Sophia Borrelli | Mar 16, 2015


     Instead of driving from place to place in Downtown Fargo, some are choosing to ride, and that's being made easier for everyone.

    Today Great Rides Fargo launched their bike share program. There are 11 stations with over 100 bikes in the metro including some on NDSU's campus.

    The bikes can be borrowed for 30 minutes at a time to encourage sharing. A day pass costs $6.

    The program has been in the works for three years and is finally up and running.

    Sara Watson Curry/Great Rides Fargo, "Healthy transportation has been a huge conversation in our community and so, I think this is going to open up people's eyes for a lot of options to hop on their bike on their lunch break or hop on their bike and head on down to the Y and work out there."

    Passes are $15 a month and $75 for a year. NDSU students are able to sign up for free.

  • Red Bike Gets Rolling

    by Red Bike | Jan 23, 2015
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    Red Bike Gets Rolling - click here to watch a great video on the system

    Red Bike is changing the way that people get around Cincinnati. The new bike share system launched on September 15, 2014 with 30 stations. This video explains how to use Red Bike, and shows how it is transforming the city's transportation system. More information is available at www.cincyredbike.com. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @CincyRedBike
  • 28% Rider Increase Highlights Madison B-cycle's Annual Report

    by Martha Laugen | Jan 22, 2015

    Madison B-cycle, the city’s bike sharing system, saw record ridership in 2014. According to Madison B-cycle’s 2014 Annual Report, out today, ridership increased by 28% over 2013. B-cycle closed their fourth season with 104,274 total trips and 39 stations in operation. More than 315 signature red bikes covered over 219,000 miles throughout the city from March 20 through December 11, 2014.

    Read the full 2014 Madison B-cycle Annual Report here.

    "Reaching 100,000 trips was a big milestone," said Manager, Claire Hurley. "Closing the season with over 104,000 trips is a big accomplishment for the program and for the City. Most programs our size don't see that much traffic in one year." 

    "It is really encouraging to see the growth in B-cycle year after year in Madison," said Madison Mayor Paul Soglin. "Bike sharing is being used by visitors able to see more of the city and by residents using the system for daily commutes. The program is helping folks get exercise and reducing traffic, a win-win!"

    63% of trips in 2014 were made by annual members, most of whom are Madison residents. As in prior years, peak ridership continues to match commuter hours - 12:00-12:15pm and 4:45-5:15pm peak ride times - suggesting a regular reliance on B-cycle by users.

    Madison B-cycle launched a new subscription type in 2014 where customers can pay a small fee monthly (think Netflix for bike share). Monthly auto-renew membership grants users all the benefits of annual membership with a smaller up-front cost. Sales, system data, and user surveys demonstrate a clear and growing dependence on Madison B-cycle for both transportation and recreation throughout the community. 

    "The community support for the program has grown considerably over the last four years," said Hurley. "The addition of stations along University Avenue and the increased commuter traffic we saw in 2014 reinforce that bike sharing is an essential transportation option in Madison."

    In partnership with UW Health, UW Credit Union and Krupp General Contractors, Madison B-cycle added four new stations to the bike sharing system in 2014.  The new stations connect the existing network to the near-west side of Madison, including locations at UW Health facilities and the UW Credit Union.

    Madison B-cycle will reopen in March 2015 following their winter closure.

  • B-cycle station at the tallest building in South America

    by B-cycle LATAM | Dec 04, 2014

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    Last week, Bikesantiago installed B-cycle's largest station to date (31 docks) at the base of Costanera Center, the tallest building in South America.  Attendees at the inauguration of the system launching in Providencia - one of Santiago's hippest and most bike friendly communities - included the Metropolitan Mayor, the Mayor of Providencia and Chile's Banco Itaú Regional Manager. 

    See below for the full press release. 

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    The service will be part of the Bikesantiago network, which includes 13 other communities

    Providencia will have a new public bike system starting December 10

    • High standard bikes, automated stations, accident insurance, extended hours, GPS monitoring and access to the most modern intercommunity network of sustainable transportation in South America are some of the benefits that complement the new public bike system for Providencia, which was presented today by the Mayor Josefa Errázuriz. 

    • Bikesantiago will launch in Providencia on December 10 with 180 bikes and 18 stations, which will be progressively extended to complete 600 bicycles and 40 stations during 2015.

    This is a strong impetus to sustainable mobility for the community of Providencia beginning on December 10, when the new public bike system begins operation, a modern service will be integrated with 13 other communities of the Metropolitan Region and will allow its users to access the high standard bicycles, save time and money on the road, improve their quality of life, care for the environment and contribute to the decongestion of automobile traffic in the city.

    This important change was announced by the Mayor of Providencia, Josefa Errazuriz, together with Alejandro Powell, CEO of Bcycle Latam, operator of Bikesantiago; and Boris Buvinic, General Manager of Banco Itaú, sponsor of Bikesantiago, who presented the first station that is implemented in the community, located at the Costanera Center mall, steps from the Tobalaba subway station.

    "From Providencia we want to build a better coexistence and contribute to a more sustainable society, with healthier citizens. And this only is possible if we favor public transport, pedestrians and the bicycle”, said Mayor Josefa Errázuriz, proposing the need to think about these kinds of public policies at the Metropolitan level. "I am convinced that we need more inter-communal and metropolitan solutions, especially in regards to the direction of metropolitan transportation," said the community leader.

    The general manager of Banco Itaú, Boris Buvinic, added that being part of this project aims to "promote the bicycle as a means of sustainable transport for the benefit of the community, contributing to improve the quality of life and make a more friendly and less polluted city of Santiago. With the launch of today, Bikesantiago is consolidated as a system of intercommunity transport, open to all persons who wish to use it and to which we hope to add more and more communities".

    For his part, Alejandro Powell explained that Providencia joins the network of Bikesantiago which was inaugurated in October 2013 - already operating in Vitacura and Lo Barnechea - and ensures the same standard of quality and technology for all the inhabitants of the capital. "This is a public-private initiative that directly aims to deliver real benefit to all Santiagans, without distinction. We are convinced that riding a bike can positively change people's lives and with Bikesantiago all have at their reach the most efficient, safe, economical, and sustainable form of urban transport in the world. Together we are pedaling forward to help make the city that we desire a reality", stressed the CEO of Bcycle Latam.

    Inter-communal network

    In its first phase the new public bike system of Providencia will launch with 180 bikes and 18 stations, which will increase in the coming months to reach 600 bicycles and 40 stations by May of 2015. In total, the system will have 2,100 bicycles and 200 automated, solar-powered stations. It will operate 365 days a year, from 6.30 a.m. to 11 pm, which implies an important improvement over the current system [of public bicycles], which only ran Monday through Friday until 9 p.m., and Saturdays until 2 p.m., leaving users no service on Sundays and public holidays.

    To use the service, it is not necessary to be a resident of Providencia: you only have to be 14 years of age or older to enroll at www.bikesantiago.cl, and opt for one of the available memberships starting at $4,990 Chilean Pesos a month. You can pay with a credit card from any bank, Rut or electronic transfer account, which includes a unique accident insurance and entitles you to unlimited travel, in lengths of up to 30 minutes each checkout.

    The bicycles are of high standard and are equipped with three gears, internal brakes, Kevlar tires, LED lights and real-time GPS monitoring. The communities of Vitacura, Lo Barnechea, Providencia, Ñuñoa, Santiago, Macul, San Joaquín, La Florida, Lo Prado, Estación Central, Recoleta, Independencia, San Miguel, and Maipú will be united during 2015 with inter-communal Bikesantiago public bikeshare system.

    The Mayor Josefa Errázuriz made an open invitation to those who live, study or work in Providencia "to utilize this new public bike system for a new perspective of the city and to contribute to the decongestion of our streets with a more sustainable transportation option and a healthier lifestyle". 

    Contacts:
    Cecilia Vargas Sánchez
    Chief of Press Municipality of Providencia
    Mobile   +56966170428
    Email: ceciliavargas@providencia.cl

    Daniel Trujillo Rivas
    Manager of Communications and Marketing Bcycle LATAM
    Mobile    +569 67106995
    Email:     dtrujillo@bcyclelatam.com

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    From left: Alejandro Powell - CEO of Bcycle LATAM; Claudio Orrego - Superintendent for the Metropolitan Region; Josefa Errázuriz - Mayor of Providencia; Álvaro Wrobbel -Regional Director of Banco Itaú Chile.
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    by B-cycle | Nov 26, 2014
    From Boulder B-cycle's Twitter: The weight limit for B-cycle baskets is 20 pounds. That's a pretty big free-range t(of)urkey for Thanksgiving! 

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  • B-cycle Sneak Peek in Dayton!

    by Brent Tongco | Nov 20, 2014

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    Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley with a B-cycle bike.

    Yesterday the B-cycle demo team was in Dayton, OH for the Downtown Dayton Partnership Annual Meeting.  The event showcased the great progress Dayton has made in recent years and the exciting things coming down the pipeline. 

    In partnership with the Downtown Dayton Partnership, Bike Miami Valley, Greater Dayton RTA, and more, we offered a sneak peak of what is coming to Dayton in spring 2015.  The demo station was set up, giving attendees a first-hand look and feel for the system.  It was great seeing Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and many great people from the Dayton community take a spin on the bikes.

    We’re looking forward to welcoming Dayton to the B-cycle family of more than 40 cities! 

    B-cycle On! 

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    Demo set up at the Downtown Dayton Partnership Annual Meeting
  • A Successful Inaugural B-cycle World!

    by Brent Tongco | Oct 27, 2014
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    We recently held our inaugural operators' conference, and it was a blast!  B-cycle World 2014 brought together B-cycle operators and staff from around the country and Santiago, Chile to our headquarters in Wisconsin.  The conference provided B-cycle staff the opportunity to announce new products and services and share best practices and tips for success.  It also gave operators the chance to meet other operators, grow a stronger network with other B-cycle cities, and get face-to-face interaction with many on the B-cycle staff they email and call often.  From the entire B-cycle staff, it was amazing meeting all of the operators and chatting over some Wisconsin beer.  Congrats to JD Simpson from Austin B-cycle for winning the B-cycle trivia contest!  

    As the above picture shows, we have a large family!  The phenomenal growth of B-cycle since 2010 is a testament to our great operators. We look forward to putting on an even better B-cycle World for 2015!  
  • B-cycling at 14,200 feet

    by B-cycle | Oct 05, 2014

    “Tough but not impossible.” That was one of Rodeo Adventure Labs initial thoughts when the idea came up to ‘B-cycle’ up the highest paved road in North America.  The organization, which is dedicated to the celebration of the many reasons we ride bikes, took bike share to new heights – 14,265 feet to be exact – and conquered Mt. Evans in Colorado on Aug. 9.  

    Check out the epic pictures and video of this amazing accomplishment: http://www.rodeo-labs.com/2014/08/14/mount-evans-chill-climb/ 

  • Career Opportunity: B-cycle, LLC Sales Representative

    by B-cycle | Oct 05, 2014

    B-cycle is a 100% owned subsidiary of Trek which has experienced explosive growth since its birth in 2008. B-cycle began with its first system in Denver on April, 22, 2010 and today we are in 40 locations in North and South America. We are now seeking 2 experienced sales representatives to join this extremely dynamic team.

    The ideal candidate will be capable of presenting and interacting well in diverse environments and with diverse decision makers such as public advocates, public employees, transit agencies, and non-profit bike share system operators. He or she will be capable of managing a 3 to 5 year sales process. The ability to develop and nurture long term relationships is key to success in this position. B-cycle is a start-up with rapidly evolving structure and product. A high degree of flexibility and willingness to help wherever needed is required. These positions will be based in Waterloo, Wisconsin and come with full Trek Bicycle Corporation employee benefits.

    Requirements

    - Extensive travel, including International travel, is required. 
    - Excellent interpersonal, writing, PowerPoint, and presentation skills are required. 
    - Fluent Spanish is a plus.
    - Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
    - 2-3 years of Sales experience

    For more information and to apply, click here

  • “Bublr Bikes” To Hit Milwaukee Streets With 10 Inaugural Bike Share Stations

    by Bublr Bikes | Oct 05, 2014

    Milwaukee (Aug. 6, 2014) – Bublr Bikes has begun installing its first 10 Milwaukee bikeshare stations, and within a few weeks the public will be able to take out bikes to spin around the city, the group announced Wednesday.

    The 10 locations and the system’s new “Bublr Bikes” name were unveiled at a news conference Wednesday at a just-­completed Bublr station in Milwaukee County’s Red Arrow Park. The other new stations are currently being installed. They are expected to be stocked with new bikes and ready for riders in the next few weeks — in advance of the system’s full launch with up to 40 more staRons in 2015.

    Bublr Bikes offers bicycles that can be rented from automated kiosks and returned at any station. The initial rates will range from $7 per day to $20 per month for unlimited trips under 30 minutes each, with additional charges for longer trips. Users can buy day passes at the stations or purchase monthly passes via Bublr’s website, www.BublrBikes.com. The website offers more details on the system and sponsorship opportunities.

    Bruce Keyes, president and co-­founder of Milwaukee-based Midwest BikeShare Inc., the non-­profit that operates Bublr Bikes, said the opening of the first 10 stations later this month precedes the system’s planned launch next year.

    Keyes said an additional 25 to 35 stations with 200 to 300 bikes will be available next year. The system expects to grow to 100 stations with 1,000 bicycles within a few years, reaching more neighborhoods as funding becomes available, he said. !“ With these first stations, riders will be able to bike between many popular destinations this year and get a real sense of how the larger system will work in 2015 and in future years of growth,” Keyes said. ! Mayor Tom Barrec said bike sharing will offer residents, workers and visitors a new, environmentally friendly and healthy way to explore the city and neighboring communities.

    “ Bublr Bikes will put Milwaukee on par with our peer cities and generate excitement for people of all ages,” he said. “It will be especially popular with the young millennial workers that many employers are seeking.”

    Midwest BikeShare Co-Founder Barry Mainwood praised both the “catalytic partnership” with the City of Milwaukee that helped get the project off the ground and the critical backing from the county, Wisconsin Department of Transportation and many private supporters. “The continued support of these partners will be vital as we roll out more Bublr Bikes in Milwaukee and beyond,” he said.

    Mainwood noted that Shorewood, Wauwatosa and West Allis are planning to install Bublr Bike stations in the future, which will make the system a regional asset.

    MGIC Chairman and CEO Curt Culver said his company was supporting Bublr Bikes because the system would benefit people who live and work downtown and would attract visitors, young talent and businesses to the city. “I encourage other Milwaukee employers to get behind Bublr Bikes and help make downtown and nearby neighborhoods even more exciting and vibrant,” he said.

    Kevin Hardman, launch director of Bublr Bikes, said Midwest BikeShare had raised nearly $3 million. More than $1 million of the funding came from over two dozen private donors, including the Mandel Group, MGIC, the Astor Street Foundation, The Pabst Theater Group, Schlitz Park, the US Bank Center, the Brico Fund, the Milwaukee Development CorporaRon, Lakefront Brewery, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Dermond Property Investments,Rockwell Automation and others. A full list of sponsors can be found at http://bublrbikes.com/support/sponsors/.

    Hardman said that an additional $3 million needs to be raised to achieve the goal of a 1,000-­bike network within a few years. “We greatly appreciate the leadership of these private sponsors and urge other private sponsors to join us in bringing bike sharing to the people of Milwaukee,” Hardman said.

    Midwest BikeShare Board Member Juli Kaufmann said that as it plans future stations, Bublr Bikes is working with neighborhood groups and leaders to ensure the system is accessible to as many Milwaukee residents as possible. Future locations for stations will include traditionally lower-­‐ access parts of the city, Kaufmann said. “We’re commiced to making this a bike system for everyone,” Kaufmann said.

    The addition of new stations follows the success of a demonstration kiosk installed last year outside Discovery World. With no marketing or other stations to bike to, the Discovery World station generated nearly 1,000 rides last season.

    Bike share programs already operate in dozens of U.S. cities, including Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Houston, Indianapolis, Madison, Minneapolis, New York City and Omaha.

    Hardman said the system’s new “fun, playful name was inspired by a quirky bit of Milwaukee lingo and invokes our locaRon on one of the Great Lakes and several major rivers.” “Bubbler” is a common Milwaukee term for drinking fountain.

    “Bublr Bikes is an attractive, ear-catching, eye-­grabbing name that will stand out and be easily recognizable and enjoyable to residents and visitors,” Hardman said.

    The Bublr Bikes locations being installed within a few weeks are:

    • Cathedral Square Park
    • Chase Plaza
    • Discovery World
    • 411 East Wisconsin Center
    • Intermodal Station
    • Public Market
    • Red Arrow Park
    • Schlitz Park
    • U.S. Bank Building
    • Wisconsin Center

     

    Bublr Bikes will announce when all 10 stations are operating and will notify the community through social media as each new station goes on line.

    Information on using Bublr Bikes and becoming a supporter of the system is available at BublrBikes.com. Bublr Bikes is on social media at: http://facebook.com/BublrBikes and https://twitter.com/BublrBikes.

    Bublr Bikes are a fun, convenient and healthy way to travel around Milwaukee. The system is developed and managed by Midwest BikeShare Inc., a Milwaukee-based 501(c)3 not-for-profit organiza7on, in collabora7on with a wide range of public and private partners, including the City of Milwaukee.

  • Indiana Pacers Bikeshare Program Launches in Downtown Indianapolis

    by Indiana Pacers Bikeshare | Oct 05, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. today officially opened the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program with 250 bikes and 25 stations located primarily on or near the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick in downtown Indianapolis.

    Bikesharing is a healthy transportation option designed for short trips. Bikes are available by purchasing either an annual membership for $80 at pacersbikeshare.org or a 24 hour pass for $8 is available online or at a bikeshare station kiosk. Your pass or membership gives you access to a bike for unlimited thirty minute trips.  Trips over thirty minutes will incur additional user fees as is standard with bikeshare programs around the country.

    “The Cultural Trail is an incredible asset for our city, and the bikesharing program will make it even easier and more inviting for residents and visitors to experience all that we have to offer,” said Congressman André Carson. “I’m proud Indianapolis was able to secure $1 million in startup federal funding for this initiative to enhance healthy living and economic development in the core of our city.”

    Pacers Bikeshare annual members will be able to track how many miles they ride as well as see how many calories they have burned while using bikeshare. 

    “Pacers Bikeshare will help Indianapolis become a healthier, more active community” said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.  “Having infrastructure in place like the Cultural Trail and our other greenways and bike lanes makes it easy for people to bike and walk, and makes Indy a more attractive place to live.”

    Bikes will be available from 5:00am to midnight, 365 days a year.  The bikes are made by Trek Bicycle and the system equipment is provided by B-Cycle, LLC, which has implemented bikeshare systems in more then 30 cities.

    “Indianapolis has received much praise about being a great city to experience by bike and bikeshare will make that experience even better” said ICT, Inc. Executive Director Kären Haley.  “Pacers Bikeshare is a sustainable, healthy form of transportation that also helps improve our local environment.”

    The public is invited to attend a Pacers Bikeshare celebration in the west plaza of City Market from 4:30 - 6:30 pm this evening.

    Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. ensures that the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick is a beautifully maintained and vibrant community asset that connects people and places in downtown Indianapolis.  Indiana Pacers Bikeshare is a program of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. Learn more at IndyCulturalTrail.org andPacersBikeshare.org.

     

     CONTACT:

    Kären Haley

    Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. 

    317-454-8526 (office)

    317-721-8010 (cell)

    khaley@indyculturaltrail.org

  • Austin B-cycle Sets U.S. Bikeshare System Record

    by Austin B-cycle | Oct 05, 2014

    AUSTIN- Austin’s bikeshare system Austin B-cycle smashed bikeshare system records during SXSW, with heavy usage of the system throughout the 10-day festival. On Friday, March 14, it set a U.S. system record of 2,774 checkouts for an average of 10.1 checkouts per bike/day, besting the previous record in September 2013 of 7.2 checkouts per bike/day set by the successful New York City Citi Bike program.

    “It’s clear that SXSW attendees love Austin B-cycle,” said Austin B-cycle Executive Director Elliott McFadden. “When SXSW Interactive, Film, and Music badge holders needed to hop from venue to venue, they chose Austin B-cycle in overwhelming numbers.”
     
    During the March 7- 16 festival, Austin B-cycle had 17,724 bike checkouts totaling 22,744 miles ridden, averaging 6.4 checkouts per bike per day for the 10 day period. The Austin Convention Center B-station topped the list in overall checkouts at 1,828, followed by Davis at Rainey Street and City Hall B-stations.

    “Not only are we thrilled by how attendees embraced our system, we are impressed by how well the B-cycle bikes, stations, and software held up to the high usage,” McFadden continued. “I also want to thank our stellar B-cycle staff for all their hard work, putting in over 12-hour days each day making sure the system ran smoothly.
     
    The Austin B-cycle staff and volunteers did an additional 2,975 bike checkouts during SXSW to balance bike availability at B-stations and maintenance bikes. There were no major station outages during the 10-day period with the full system available for general use 24-hours/day.

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