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  • BCycle Launches Third System in Two Months, Bringing Total to 32 Systems

    by Marina Marich - BCycle | May 19, 2015

     
    WATERLOO, Wis., May 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BCycle, which develops and delivers best-in-class bike share systems worldwide, launched its third system in two months with the recent introduction of Dayton, Ohio's Link bike share system. Dayton joins Philadelphia, Penn. — BCycle's largest system launch to date — and Fargo, N.D., bringing the total number of communities in the United States and South America with a BCycle system to 41. 

    Dayton's bike share system, called Link, is the newest BCycle system, and opened with 225 bikes and 24 stations. The system sold more than 140 memberships prior to launching and riders have made at least 1,500 trips since the launch. Link gives riders the opportunity to buy a daily pass or an annual membership."We're pleased that the three newest BCycle bike share systems are off to anexceptional start. The 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 these new cities — Dayton, Philadelphia and Fargo — to meet each system's unique needs, and we're excited to welcome all three of these cities into the rapidly growing BCycle family of bike share systems."

    Philadelphia is the single largest bike share launch in BCycle's history. Its system, called Indego, is the first to receive BCycle's 2.0 stations. These next-generation stations feature a more advanced solar powered system and an updated aesthetic, and maintain the features, benefits and reliability of the first-generation product. Now, nearly a month after its launch, Indego has approximately 2,800 monthly members and more than 33,000 rides have been taken. Indego has implemented an innovative cash option, PayNearMe, putting Philadelphia on the forefront of bike share systems focused on social equity.

    In Fargo, BCycle developed new, innovative MFRID technology for Great Rides Bike Share, a collaboration between the city of Fargo and North Dakota State University (NDSU), to allow NDSU students to use their Bison Card student IDs to access the system through their online student portal. Great Rides Bike Share is the first and only bike share program in the United States to be funded through university student fees. The system, which includes 101 bicycles throughout 11 station locations, has already experienced unprecedented and record-setting usage in the past two months, including more than 40,000 checkouts and 5,700 users, which include nearly 5,100 students.

    BCycle currently has more than 700 stations and 7,800 bikes on the ground. All BCycle bikes are designed by Waterloo, Wisc.-based Trek.

    - See more at: http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2015/05/19/737386/10135194/en/BCycle-Launches-Third-System-in-Two-Months-Bringing-Total-to-32-Systems.html#sthash.l1NYQMBN.dpuf
  • Link: Dayton Bike Share

    by IndigoLifeMedia | May 06, 2015

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    The Link Dayton Bike Share launched May 5, 2015. Link is Dayton's bike share program. Use Link for short trips around downtown Dayton. Link is provided by Bike Miami Valley and RTA. Learn more: http://www.linkdayton.org.

  • Link Dayton Launch

    by Laura Estandia - Link Dayton Bike Share | May 05, 2015


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    Dayton, May 5, 2015 – Link partners, founding sponsors and staff opened Dayton’s bike share system today for with an inaugural ride lead by Mayor Nan Whaley. The Mayor led a fleet of riders from Courthouse Square in the afternoon to fill surrounding downtown stations with bikes while hundreds of onlookers joined in the festivities.

    “Link is an example of The City of Dayton’s continued effort to support programs that make us a more bike-friendly community. We are committed to a more active community, and what you see today is the result of what we can accomplish when community partners work together toward a common goal,” said Mayor Nan Whaley in her opening comments. “I am excited to lead today’s ride and even more excited to use my membership throughout the year.”

    Today also marked the launch of the Square is Where in Downtown Dayton. “We couldn’t think of a better to launch our Square is Where programming than with Link,” said Sandy Gudorf of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. “As a partner of the program, we’re proud to say that Link will provide the type of transportation needed for a more active community, one of the pillars of the Greater Downtown Dayton plan.”

    Bike Miami Valley Executive Director Laura Estandia recognized founding sponsors for the program and recognized the companies and organizations that are helping provide operational support for Link, which include Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, City of Dayton, Five Rivers MetroParks, Montgomery County, New Belgium Brewing Company, PNC, Premier Health, Public Health – Dayton and Montgomery County’s Creating Healthy Communities Program, Sinclair College, and the University of Dayton. “We are so grateful for the support of our founding sponsors and partners. Without their support this amenity would not be available to the residents and visitors of our city.”

    Link is the 31st bike share system in the country. The system has 24 stations and a fleet of over 200 bikes. Users will be able to purchase 24-Hour Memberships for $5 at station kiosks or a variety of other memberships online including a $65 Annual Membership.

    Link is run in partnership by Bike Miami Valley and Greater Dayton RTA. Executive Director Mark Donaghy of Greater Dayton RTA also spoke and announced the completion of the storefront at Third and Main and the incorporation of Link into the company wellness program.

    “The raw space you saw at the brand launch has been transformed into the Link Bike Shop. Stop in and see us. We’re very pleased with the work that’s been done,” said Mark. “Additionally, I see the health benefits Link can provide to my employees which is why I’m offering free memberships to the top employees in our wellness program. I’m proud to say that over 50 employees will receive a free membership to Link.”

    For more information about Link, visit www.linkdayton.org

  • 8,000 Indego Philly Bike Share Rides in First Week

    by Victor Fiorillo - Philly Mag | May 04, 2015

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    After a long, long wait, the Indego Philly Bike Share finally debuted last Thursday, mostly to thunderous applause. And one week later, we can report that there have been approximately 8,000 rides taken.Some other stats from the first week of the Indego Philly Bike Share operation:

    • There are 500 three-speed bikes on the street at a total of 67 locations. A few more locations are expected in the coming weeks.
    • Bikes are available from Temple's campus in the North to Point Breeze in the South and from Old City in the East to Clark Park in the West. Here is a neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to all of the Indego Philly Bike Share locations.
    • Thirty-three percent of the rides during the first week of Indego Philly Bike Share were taken by walk-up customers, who paid $4 per half-hour using a credit card at the kiosks.
    • The remainder of the rides were taken by members. There are about 2,400 Indego Philly Bike Share members. 1,600 of them use the Indego30 membership and 800 use the IndegoFlex membership.
    • The most popular stations during the first week were as follows, in this order: Rittenhouse Square; City Hall/Municipal Services Building; 15th and Spruce streets; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and 23rd and South streets.
    • Indego30 members pay $15 each month for unlimited one-hour trips. After a trip extends beyond an hour, Indego30 members pay $4 per additional hour. IndegoFlex membership costs $10 per year and entitles members to $4-per-hour trips, as opposed to the $4-per-half-hour walkup option. A cash membership option is also available.
    • Bikes include front and side baskets, although one staffer left his blazer in the side basket when he returned a bike to the Art Museum. Fortunately, it was still there when he went back. Each bike is also outfitted with splash and chain guards, an easily adjustable seat, and pedal-powered lights, in addition to sturdy tires and front and rear brakes, of course.

    Still not a member of Indego Philly Bike Share? Sign up here.


    Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/be-well-philly/2015/05/01/indego-philly-bike-share-locations/#ChDjtAGgLq0EjZzi.99
  • 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.

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