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  • Pacers Bikeshare Riders Keep Riding Despite Cold Temperatures

    by Kären Haley | Feb 01, 2018

    Winter Warriors Depend on Bike Share to Get to Work

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    INDIANAPOLIS -  Despite the bitter cold temperatures Indianapolis has seen over the past two months, Pacers Bikeshare, a program of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, has taken more than 3,750 trips since December 1. The time of year when most people are warming up the car before their morning commute, the Pacers Bikeshare team is clearing snow off bike share stations and replacing batteries in the solar powered bike share stations ensuring that riders have dependable transportation.

    Pacers Bikeshare, like the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick, is accessible year round, 24 hours a day. Indy visitors and especially Indy residents rely on both to be available for their daily commute. The top three winter warrior riders alone have amassed over 500 miles on bike share during the past two months.

    “Riding Pacers Bikeshare is the fastest way to move in downtown Indianapolis and more importantly the fastest way to burn down calories," said one of the top Winter Warriors and Pacers Bikeshare annual user, Alberto Smargiassi. “The cold morning air also helps to wake up in the morning, which is not bad if you’re headed to work!”

     For a limited time, Pacers Bikeshare day passes are available at a discounted rate of $5 through the Winter Pricing special that runs through the end of February.  Monthly passes, announced in 2017, are available for $15 per month and provide unlimited 30 minute trips for a 30 day period. 

    “Like the Cultural Trail, we keep Pacers Bikeshare stations clear of snow and ice through the winter season,  said Pacers Bikeshare Operations Manager Joshua Tharp. “Our bike share operations team works diligently to maintain power at our solar powered bike share stations during our gray winter days so that people can continue to rely on our system every day of the year.”

    To learn more about our Pacers Bikeshare operations, read our latest blog post.

    Top Winter Warrior Riders - December 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018

    1. Steven Matchett: 96 bike share trips, 150 miles ridden
    2. Alberto Smargiassi: 80 bike share trips, 184 miles ridden
    3. Rob Hite: 71 bike share trips, 121 miles ridden

    Pacers Bikeshare 2017 Ridership

    Total Trips: 101,197

    Day Passes Purchased:  21,047 

    Monthly Passes Purchased: 369

    Annual Passes Purchased: 1122

    Miles Ridden: 205,803

    Calories Burned: 8,166,656

    Carbon Offset: 194,853 lbs

    Indiana Pacers Bikeshare, a program of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. launched on April 22, 2014 and has 251 bikes and 29 stations on or near the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick.

     

    Media Contact

    Kären Haley

    Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. 

    317-721-8010 mobile

    KHaley@indyculturaltrail.org

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  • Explore Bike Share Opens Search for Community Engagement & Marketing Director

    by Explore Bike Share | Nov 22, 2017

    11.17.17 | 17-EBS-0214

    MEMPHIS, TN—Explore Bike Share, a local 501(c)3 that is implementing a robust and inclusive 600-bike bike share system in Memphis next Spring, has officially opened its search for a Community Engagement &Marketing Director (CEMD).

    Explore Bike Share’s CEMD will support the Executive Director across program development, community outreach, marketing, sponsorship, and workplace culture.

    Initially, the CEMD will collaborate with both the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to develop a deep knowledge of the field, core programs, operations, and Explore Bike Share’s revenue model. In accordance with Explore Bike Share’s stated values, the CEMD will ensure equity in program delivery so that unbanked, low-income and non-web-enabled individuals and communities have robust access to the program.

    “This compelling leadership role not only ensures that Explore Bike Share is successful from a ridership perspective, but also ensures that the ridership reflects the authenticity of Memphis through robust community engagement, neighborhood partnerships, and effective programming,” said Porsche Stevens, Community Relations Coordinator of Crosstown Arts and Crosstown Concourse and Explore Bike Share board member.

    To that end, Explore Bike Share is seeking a passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills to fill the role. Applicants must show excellence in organizational management and the ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.

    In placing 60 stations and 600 bikes throughout Orange Mound, Uptown, Midtown, Downtown, South Memphis, and Binghampton, Explore Bike Share will be introducing the largest bike share system of its kind in the nation.

    Once the system is rolling in Memphis next spring, the CEMD will be responsible for expanding local revenue generating and fundraising activities and ensuring ongoing local programmatic excellence through rigorous evaluation, among other team-oriented tasks.

    To learn more about Explore Bike Share’s Community Engagement & Marketing Director position and view its job description, visit explorebikeshare.com/careers Interested applicants may submit their resume to info@explorebikeshare.com. Applications will be accepted through December 1.

    ABOUT BIKE SHARE. Bike share is an innovative transportation program, ideal for short distance point-to point trips providing users the ability to pick up a bicycle at any self-serve bike station and return it to any other bike station located within the system's service area. Bike share operates in over 119 U.S. cities to date.

    ABOUT EXPLORE BIKE SHARE. Explore Bike Share is a Memphis 501(c)3 with a mission to create and implement a transportation tool to advance the city on multiple fronts—including but not limited to transportation, tourism, health, environment, and culture—through the development and operation of a bike sharing program with access to as many Memphians as possible. Initially launching with a 600-bike system by Spring 2018, the system will expand to 900 bikes by 2019. For more information, visit explorebikeshare.com.
  • National Champions and Bike Share

    by User Not Found | May 15, 2017
    Clemson UniversityLaunching April 11th with 5 stations and 35 bikes Clemson University joins the BCycle family! Students, faculty and staff can now use bike share to get from class to class and building to building.  Riders can sign up online and stop by Clemson’s Parking and Transportation Services office to pick up their membership card and helmet, included with their membership.  The bright orange bikes are easy to spot but don’t miss their unicorn bike, a custom branded gold bike in honor of the Clemson Tigers’ recent win of the College Football National Championship.  
  • Bublr Bikes Moving HQ, Maintenance Operation Into Shops of Grand Avenue

    by Jeff Bentoff | Jan 05, 2017

    Move Kicks Off Grand Avenue Revitalization, Places Bublr at Center of Regional Network

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    MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin– Bublr Bikes, a non-profit organization that operates a rapidly growing bike-sharing network in the Milwaukee area, will move its headquarters and bicycle maintenance facility into the Shops of the Grand Avenue, becoming the initial permanent tenant in the property’s redevelopment, it was announced Thursday.

    Bublr is making the move to locate its office, maintenance and retail facilities at the center of its growing transportation network, said James Davies, Bublr’s acting executive director.

    “With our new offices in the Grand Avenue, we will be close to customers, near potential bike-maintenance workers and at the center of our growing regional network in an area that is a gathering place and connector for all Milwaukeeans,” Davies said. “We’re also proud that we will be an anchor tenant in the revitalization of the Grand Avenue and tied to other nearby redevelopments, such as the Milwaukee Symphony’s planned relocation into the former Grand Theater across the street from us and the new Bucks arena just blocks away. This location will position Bublr to grow to become an even more viable transportation option for people all over Milwaukee.”

    Bublr will be the first permanent tenant in the redevelopment plans of the Grand Avenue Mall. A new Bublr kiosk will be installed outside the Grand Avenue entrance, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave., this year. A mini Bublr station may be installed inside the building itself, immediately outside the group’s offices.

    The Bublr Bikes system is a public-private partnership between the City of Milwaukee and Bublr Bikes, with additional support from many other public and private partners. Since Summer 2014, Bublr Bikes, a Milwaukee-based not-for-profit, has launched 57 bike share stations in several City of Milwaukee neighborhoods and Wauwatosa. In coming years, the system plans to expand to over 100 stations and 800 Bublr Bikes in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, West Allis and Shorewood.

    As part of a long-term lease, Bublr will take over 6,275 square feet in the Grand Avenue that will include the group’s offices, a facility to maintain its fleets of bikes, currently totaling 512, and a customer service counter offering walk-in assistance, system passes and Bublr merchandise. The new location is close to the Wisconsin Avenue entrance and next to Boston Store. The new Bublr space most recently housed a jewelry accessories store and previously a national record-store chain.

    Bublr employs 5 people full time and from 9 to 15 part-time workers, up from 1 full-time  employee when it launched in 2014.

    The Shops of Grand Avenue, in the heart of Downtown Milwaukee, was created as an urban shopping plaza in the 1980s. In December 2015, The Aggero Group and Minneapolis developer Hempel Cos. bought the property. The new owners have announced plans to redevelop the Grand Avenue into a mixed-use project including retail, entertainment, office and other uses that will be unveiled in early 2017.

    Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he was pleased by Bublr’s move to the Grand Avenue. “Bublr Bikes connects people with destinations all around Milwaukee,” Barrett said. “With today’s announcement, the organization is connecting with a location that is enjoying renewed vitality.”

    Tony Janowiec, a principal of the Grand Avenue’s ownership team, said, “Bublr fits our redevelopment plans perfectly. When the opportunity came to provide Bublr a permanent home in the heart of downtown and Bublr’s network, we knew we had to make it a reality.  Our redevelopment plans are all about what makes Milwaukee such a cool place to live and work, which has been Bublr’s goal from its inception. We are proud that they will now call the Grand Avenue home.”

    Beth Weirick, CEO of Milwaukee Downtown, said, “Bublr Bikes is all about movement in this community and we are happy for them on their new move to the Shops of Grand Avenue.  May they continue to momentum in moving the organization and their great service forward.”

    Stacie Callies, executive director of the Westown Association, said, “Bublr Bikes is an important component of developing a comprehensive, integrated transportation system in Milwaukee. We are excited that Bublr has chosen to add to the positive momentum in Westown by locating its headquarters in the heart of the area at the Shops of Grand Avenue.

    Bublr will be moving from space in the Schlitz Park office complex. Schlitz Park was one of Bublr’s original sponsors and made arrangements for space to allow for Bublr growth. “We offer our deepest gratitude to Schlitz Park partners Gary Grunau and Scott Sampson, who helped incubate Bublr by donating critically needed space at Schlitz for the past year and a half,” Bublr Board President Bruce Keyes said. “Our growth and current success would not be possible without their support.”

    Bublr riders pay as little as $3 per 30-minute ride, or $15 monthly for unlimited 60-minute rides, returning their bikes to any system station. They pay with credit cards at station kiosks. Annual passes are also available. Bublr provides discounted and subsidized passes to a variety of corporate partners, students and City of Milwaukee Housing Authority residents.

    Information on using Bublr Bikes is available at BublrBikes.com. Bublr Bikes is on social media at: Facebook and Twitter. News media can download Bublr Bikes logos and images at bublrbikes.com/media

    MEDIA CONTACTS
    Jeff Bentoff
    Bublr Media Relations
    (414) 465-8710
    jeff@bentoff.com

    James Davies
    Bublr Acting Executive Director
    (262) 880-7815
    James@BublrBikes.com

  • BCycle and Bicycle Transit Systems Form Strategic Alliance

    by Marina Marich | Dec 13, 2016

    New alliance combines best-in-class bike share systems with operational excellence

    MADISON, Wisconsin and PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania - Bicycle Transit Systems (Bike Transit) and BCycle have signed a strategic alliance agreement to cement the relationship of the industry-leading bike share operator and equipment provider. Since 2015, the companies have implemented four bike share systems together: Philadelphia’s Indego bike share, Los Angeles’ Metro Bike Share, Las Vegas’ RTC Bike Share and Oklahoma City’s Spokies bike share (relaunch). As part of the strategic alliance, BCycle’s parent, Trek Bicycle, is making an equity investment in Bike Transit.

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    “I am elated to cement this relationship with BCycle and Trek, as we are both best-in-class bike share service providers, and committed to creating an optimal bike share customer experience,” said Alison Cohen, President and CEO of Bicycle Transit Systems. “I am proud to team with BCycle, a company with strong financial stability, highly professional operations and people who share our key values of under-promising, over-delivering and acting with integrity, honesty and kindness in all dealings.”

    PhillyThis transaction will allow the two companies to offer communities in the US and internationally world-class, premium bike share operations, equipment, software and service. Trek’s investment ensures financial stability for the company, as well as the ability to rapidly expand current systems and launch new systems.

    “We are committed to finding additional ways for even more communities to introduce bike share to their residents and visitors,” Burns said. “Bike Transit’s proven leadership in bike share operations is undeniable. Our experience with them has been extremely positive, and we can’t wait to work together to offer even more communities an integrated bike share ecosystem that furthers the bicycle’s – and bike share’s – role in public transit.”BA2_6297

    The strategic alliance allows for collaborative product development and operations to ensure that cities receive a system that works best for their needs, starting with a seamless install to consistent operations and customer service. Cities looking to bring bike share to their communities can now enjoy the benefit of “one stop shopping” by working with BCycle and Bike Transit through this new strategic alliance. BCycle will provide the hardware and software while Bike Transit will provide full-service operations.

    BCycle currently has more than 1,290 stations and 11,000 bikes on the ground in 43 communities in North and South America, while Bike Transit operates bike share programs in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

    About Bicycle Transit Systems

    Bicycle Transit Systems is a leader in bike share system implementation and operation. We have the most experienced team in the US in launching bike share programs of all sizes. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Bicycle Transit Systems manages Philadelphia’s Indego bike share, Los Angeles’ Metro Bike Share, Las Vegas’ RTC Bike Share and Oklahoma City Spokies. Before forming Bike Transit, the company’s founders launched and expanded the earliest and largest bike share programs in the US. Bicycle Transit Systems provides hands-on operation of bike share systems for large and small bike share systems. The company’s mission is to make bike sharing a safe, easy, accessible and enjoyable way to get around.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:

    Marina Marich
    BCycle
    (847) 868-2049
    mmarich@bcycle.com

    Alison Cohen
    Bicycle Transit Systems
    (267) 428-2453
    acohen@bicycletransit.com

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