Austin B-Cycle started three years ago, giving Austin its first bike sharing system, and now the organization is expanding the number of stations and bikes around town.
B-Cycle will add 18 stations and 125 bikes over the next 18 months. There are currently 50 stations up and running around Downtown and central Austin, with 400 bikes.
According to B-Cycle, about a quarter of its bike checkouts replace a car trip; and with B-Cycle on track to see 200,000 trips in 2016, that’s almost 140 car trips per day that users have avoided. So what does that mean for downtown travelers and commuters? For one thing, it means more options for avoiding car trips, or for making transit more feasible. Many B-Cycle stations are located near transit stops, which means you have a fast way to get from a bus or train stop to your destination. And that even benefits drivers, since more people opting to use options like bike share means fewer cars on the roads.
Want to have a say in where the next stations go? B-Cycle is asking for input via this form.