Austin B-cycle celebrates a year with 99-cent day passes this Sunday

Pam LeBlanc takes a B-cycle for a spin. RESHMA KIRPILANI/American-Statesman
Pam LeBlanc takes a B-cycle for a spin. RESHMA KIRPILANI/American-Statesman

A year into Austin’s grand bike share experiment, organizers say the system’s been a rousing success.

Austin B-cycle celebrates its one-year anniversary with $1 day passes this Sunday. RESHMA KIRPILANI/American-Statesman Staff
Austin B-cycle celebrates its one-year anniversary with $1 day passes this Sunday. RESHMA KIRPILANI/American-Statesman Staff

To celebrate, Austin B-cycle will offer 24-hour access passes for $1 this Sunday. (A day pass normally costs $8.) The pass buys you unlimited trips of up to 30 minutes for a day; usage fees for trips longer than 30 minutes still apply. The $1 passes can be purchased at any of the system’s 45 stations.

The organization is also unveiling a new monthly membership for $10.99 a month plus a one-time $15 enrollment fee. They’re available here.

Austin B-cycle launched last December with 11 stations in downtown Austin. It expanded to 40 stations in March 2014 and now operates 45 stations. As of this week, more than 154,000 trips had been logged.

A $1.5-million federal transportation grant matched by $500,000 in private donations funded the initial equipment. Today the City of Austin owns the system and the local non-profit Bike Share of Austin manages it.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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