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  • 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.

  • Join PeopleForBikes

    by B-cycle | Sep 26, 2014

    Whether you ride a bike every day or once a year, your voice matters.

    Follow the link below or visit http://www.peopleforbikes.org/ to add your name today! 

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