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