Has a full station ever happened to you?
Running into packed stations when you need to end your trip should happen less often starting this week because we’re expanding 12 of our most popular B-stations.
More docks mean more room for bikes and less of a chance that you’ll encounter a full station. By increasing the capacity of the station, it will also empty out less often, so you should always have a bike waiting for you at the nearest station.
Over the next eighteen months, we’ll be installing at least 19 all-new stations, starting with one this week at 13th & San Antonio, seen left. The next three should arrive this Spring at Cesar Chavez & Congress, Barton Springs & Sterzing, and on Henderson between 6th & 9th.more
Hi Austin B-cycle riders!
Austin B-cycle is starting the year with a bang! You will now be able take our fast, fun transportation on longer trips, to more places, and have more bikes and docks available to you.
Now ride up to 60 minutes on your membership:
You asked, and we responded! The biggest news is the jump from unlimited 30 minute rides to unlimited 60 minute rides! That means no more usage fees for rides less than one hour in length. Now you can run errands that are out a little further, or you can enjoy our beautiful days a little longer. This change applies to all Austin B-cycle paid memberships: The Local365, Local30, Founders, Weekender, Explorer and Walk-up.
Please note that for Local365 members, there will no longer be overage fee forgiveness on the first two 60 minute rides each month.
With the new hour-long ride time, we have raised the price of our Explorer and...more
Austin B-cycle will be getting Austin City Limits Music Festival goers a front-gate, VIP experience once again this fall! Starting at 10:30am each day of the festival, Austin B-cycle staff will be hosting a B-cycle Valet at the Zilker Park B-station, guaranteeing a parking spot for those arriving on B-cycle, just steps away from the main entrance.
With 50 B-stations throughout Austin's urban core, there's always an station option close by. Just checkout a B-cycle and roll down Austin's streets or trails past the traffic, straight to the Zilker B-station for a fast and fun way to start your ACL Festival day. There's no quicker or more fun way to get to gates. Just roll up and rock out, like a Boss!
If you're not the live music/festival going type but are still interested in seeing the action, join the Austin B-cycle team of volunteers for a fun-filled day keeping the system balanced and riding B-cycles. Take a peek at our volunteer shift needs below and sign up today to help out!
Each volunteer receives 50% off an annual...more
We'll have our B-cycle valet set up at our newest station on Congress Ave and Barton Springs. Right next to 2 entrances to Bat Fest. We'll be there from 6pm until Midnight making sure you have a place to dock your bike.
Purchase day passes at any of our 50 stations the day of the fest, or check out other membership options here: http://austinbcycle.com/how-it-works/pricing
Skip the parking problems and ride straight to the front gate!more
A summer tradition for folks of all ages, Blues on the Green is Austin’s largest free concert series with monthly evening concerts in Zilker Park.
Save the sizzle for the stage and avoid broiling in gridlock traffic and lack of Uber & Lyft by riding Austin B-cycle to the event.
Park anywhere and grab a bike at any of our 51 stations in and around central Austin — and throw your killer picnic spread in the ample basket.
Feel the breeze as you pedal past all the idling drivers and roll into the Zilker Park B-station on Barton Springs. We'll be valeting all of the B-cycles so you'll always have a place to dock your bike!
After you've rocked out, roll past the post-concert traffic by hopping on a B-cycle from the Zilker Park station. (We'll be corralling bikes so you can be on your way fast!)
The music starts May 25th at 8 pm, with additional dates on June 22nd, July 13th & August 8th. Join us for all four shows!
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AUSTIN B-CYCLE SUPPORTS “AUSTIN DON’T RUSH” WITH COMPLIMENTARY WALK UP ACCESS
Everyone who rides Austin B-cycle on May 11 with promo code also gets free month of bike share access
AUSTIN- Austin B-cycle will waive the $8 access fee for its 24-Hour “Walkup” access pass as part of Mayor Steve Adler’s Austin Don’t Rush initiative on Wednesday, May 11. To redeem, Austin residents can go up to any Austin B-cycle station on May 11 and enter promo code 051116 for 24 hours of bike share system access at no charge.
“Mayor Adler has called on all of us to do our part in improving our growing traffic problem, and to support this initiative Austin B-cycle will help Austinites access our system to get around on May 11 for no charge,” said Elliott McFadden, Executive Director of Austin B-cycle.
The Mayor is encouraging people to rethink their commute, whether that means telecommuting, carpooling or using alternative transportation. Austin B-cycle has 50 stations located throughout Central Austin, including many near transit hubs like MetroRail and MetroRapid...more
Every month during summer we'll be updating you guys with a new route to take around our fine city. Take these self-guided rides at your own pace. Ride off the beaten path and find something new about Austin!
Each ride will have a Google Maps enable route, you can follow visually or listen along for directions. Want to take a pitstop somewhere not on the route? No problem, your phone's GPS will keep you updated on your location.
Let's get it started!
All info for each month's route can be found at austinbcycle.com/daytrips. Complete the route with pictures of yourself at every station and you'll receive a swag bag of B-cycle goodies and more! Send your completed trip pictures to Tim@bikeshareofaustin.com, or shoot us a message on social.more
Join the team that seeks to revolutionize the way Austinites navigate downtown.
Launched in December 2013, Austin B-cycle provides a 24-hour, on-demand bikes at kiosks located throughout Central Austin — and we're hiring creative, forward thinking professionals to grow Austin’s first public bike sharing service.
We're currently seeking candidates for these positions:
See the full job descriptions attached below.
Have some experience with bicycle repair and maintenance? We are looking for a part-time bicycle mechanic and operations staff member as well as event coordinators.
Nondiscrimination policy: We are committed to diversity among our staff, and recognize that success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services. We are an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel without...more
Austin B-cycle is built for urban living: As flexible as your life is unpredictable and the perfect compliment to any other mode of transportation.
Take Eric Landry.
He lives and works in Austin and has been a member of Austin B-cycle for more than a year. But B-cycle isn't his only means of transportation. He's a car owner, a bus rider and even commutes to work on his own bike on occasion.
But he still uses B-cycle to keep his transportation options open and get around Central Austin in the most convenient and enjoyable way.
"Because I never drive my car to work downtown, B-cycle is perfect for the last mile to work from the bus stop," he says. "I also use it many times to get to a restaurant for lunch. I like riding it around downtown, mostly between Congress, 6th, Lamar and 2nd — and I use it to get to and from ACL [Austin City Limits]."
Add Austin B-cycle to your transportation mix by becoming a member today. All passes provide access to 375 bikes among 46 stations —...more
As a low cost transportation alternative, Austin B-cycle is making our bike share system a viable solution for low-income individuals in the Austin area. Our mission is to improve the mobility, economy, and health of Austin and the “B-cycle for All” program will work to ensure that we are serving all of our entire community.
BECOME A MEMBER
As a B-cycle member, you get access to nearly 400 B-cycle bikes around Austin and can ride as many times as you like for up to 60 minutes at one time, without additional fees.
If you are an Austin resident, earn less than $25,000 per year and are not a full-time student, you are eligible for reduced membership fees as low as $5 for one year of access to the system. Youth (age 13-17) memberships are eligible for the program based on their parent’s eligibility.
WAYS TO CONTACT US
If you have questions about Austin B-cycle, the “B-cycle for All” program, want information about memberships, or need to make a payment…
Call Us: Give us a ring at 512-954-1665 from 9am to 5pm...more
Due to a lane expansion on South Lamar, our station at Toomey & South Lamar had to be relocated. Don't fret, we've moved the station to the Mopac Pedestrian Bridge at Veterans Drive and expanded it to 19 docks.
This location will help our West Austin members trek to downtown much more convenient. Located at ACL's Uber and Lyft pickup area, our new station will help alleviate car and foot traffic during festivals and events held at Zilker Park. We know this station relocation will provide an affordable and efficient way for our riders to see one of the most beautiful parts of the city.
After going live last Saturday morning, our new station was already one of the top performers in town. Next time you're on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail give B-cycling a try.more
Just announced: Austin B-cycle will be returning in 2016 as the SXcycles provider! Based on the success of the bike share system throughout the year, and especially during SXSW, our team will be back to make sure all SXSW attendees are moving safely and efficiently through the streets of Austin during this busy time of year. Read more of the announcement from SXSW now.more
Enjoy the UT Tailgating experience by catching a ride with Austin B-cycle! Get to the pre-game action on Saturday, 9/26 by riding a B-cycle from any of our 50 stations to the B-cycle Valet at the Congress & MLK B-station, where parking is guaranteed from 10:30pm to 3:00pm. So, grab some friends, throw your game-day goodies in the big basket, and roll past the traffic towards the fun. B-first, B-fast, B-hooked!more
With the holidays upon us, family and friends become our focus, whether we are shopping for gifts downtown or we're all getting out of the house, enjoying Austin's best dining or attractions. So, make new memories with your loved ones this season by taking B-cycle to experience all that Austin has to offer. And, to make it all even a little more special, we are offering these deals for you have a stress free and fun end to 2015!more
This story is adapted from a Q&A originally posted on the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living blog. Read the full article here.
When it comes to choosing an active commute to work, I didn’t have a choice. I have epilepsy and literally overnight went from driving regularly to realizing that I may never drive again.
When I moved to Austin, my epilepsy was under control and I drove everywhere because I thought, “You can’t possibly live in Austin without a car.” Then, suddenly, my epilepsy wasn’t under control and, legally, I wasn’t allowed to drive.
Once I was forced into actively commuting to work, though, I realized it can be done, especially if there are many options. Good public transit systems need a lot of options. So getting around exclusively by bus was hard — but once Austin B-cycle started, it gave me more flexibility.
Before this happened, I had biked just one time over the past 15 years. When I first started to actively commute, safety was my biggest concern. But I’ve...more
South by Southwest is looming once again and Austin B-cycle will be hustling our bikes around the city to make sure everyone has the best chance to use a B-cycle to get around town. With the high demand of the festival attendees, our team is in need of some helping hands...or should we say "feet"...to help us move our B-cycles around the city.
If you're looking to be apart of the SXSW hustle and bustle, join the Austin B-cycle team of volunteers for a fun-filled day(s) keeping the system balanced and riding B-cycles. Take a peek at our volunteer shift needs below and sign up today to help out!
Perks: Volunteers will receive a B-cycle T-shirt, a meal during their shift, exercise and can work towards an annual Local365 Austin B-cycle membership. One shift is half off of a Local365 membership, two shifts and it is free!more
The League of American Bicyclists announced on November 16 the list of the their top Bicycling Friendly Communities for the Fall of 2015, awarded to the cities creating safer places to bike. Austin, along with 23 other cities, was awarded a Gold status much in part to the existence of Austin B-cycle, Bike Austin, and the city's newly adopted Bicycle Master Plan. Read more from the announcement and see what other cities achieved a BFC award!more
In celebration of the Supreme Court decision legalizing same sex marriage, Austin B-cycle launched its first #RideWithPride campaign in July to benefit the Equality Texas Foundation, a local non-profit that works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Texans.
“The Supreme Court’s decision to recognize the fundamental human dignity of same sex couples who wish to marry is worthy of celebration,” said Elliott McFadden, Executive Director of Austin B-cycle. “Equality Texas has been on the front lines working for LGBT civil rights, and we have developed the #RideWithPride campaign to honor the work they continue to do.”
During the month of July, Austin B-cycle rainbow-branded a special blue #RideWithPride bike and pledged to donate $4 to Equality Texas Foundation for each time that bike got checked out. Thanks to local and visiting B-cyclers, who checked out the bike nearly 100 times, we were able to donate nearly $400 to advance LGBT rights in...more
You've barely eaten your last bite and you're just getting into a great conversation with a friend when you look at your watch. Yep, somehow an hour has already flown by and you've barely eaten — let alone enjoyed — your lunch.
Reclaim your lunch b-reak with Austin B-cycle!
Consider all the time your spend walking to the cafe or circling to find a parking space. With 46 stations around downtown, riding Austin B-cycle allows you to burn calories and save time that can be better spent savoring your time out of the office.
So, on July 29, we're sweetening the incentive to give Austin B-cycle a try. Ride to the B-station at 5th and Bowie from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and we'll give you a $5 gift card for Whole Foods Market — right across the street from the station.
And that's just the appetizer. If you're not an Austin B-cycle member yet, find our friendly staff inside, next to the Trattoria, and we'll serve you up a free month of access, with no sign-up fee.more
We all know the best place to spend a lazy summer afternoon is Barton Springs Pool. And, let's be honest: Parking can be a nightmare.
On August 1, Austin B-cycle is making it twice as nice to skip the traffic and pedal to the pool.
Be one of the first 50 people to B-cycle to the Barton Springs Pool B-station from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- and you'll get free admission to the Pool courtesy of Austin B-cycle!
New to B-cycle? Try it for free! Take advantage of our summer special and get a complimentary month of access. Learn more here.more
Burgers, fries and cowboy boots — there’s plenty to love about the good ole US of A. July is the time to revel in our patriotism, so get in the saddle with Austin B-cycle to check out American eats, arts and entertainment.
Forget circling for parking or paying the meter and spend all those hard earned tax dollars supporting homegrown businesses in Central Austin, while celebrating your freedom to choose healthy, fun, 24-7, on-demand mobility.
See the map below and remember to tweet @austinbcycle with the hashtag #bpatriotic!more
Alexander Harris lives on the East Side and works in downtown Austin, making his way to the Sparefoot office most days on B-cycle.
“When I moved to Austin from Virginia last year, I had to sell my bike because it wouldn’t fit in the storage unit," he says. "Luckily, my office was only about a 20-minute walk from my apartment, and I had a parking pass if I ever needed to drive. Soon enough I noticed there was a B-cycle station right next to my apartment building and one right next to the office. Instead of paying for my parking pass, I got the company to cover my B-cycle membership instead. Now, I B-cycle to work almost every day and it only takes me five to seven minutes.”
Harris appreciates the convenience of having hundreds of bikes at his fingertips, while avoiding the hassle of maintaining his ride. “I must admit I’m pretty terrible when it comes to bike mechanics and maintenance," he says, "so not having to keep my own bicycle turned out to be a big plus. I also like that I don’t have to worry about my bicycle getting stolen.”
B-cycle also gives him a...more
Change the way you experience Austin this summer by using Austin B-cycle for free.* Take advantage of our summer special and get access to 375 bikes at 46 stations around Central Austin with $0 sign-up fee and unlimited rides of up to 30 minutes for a full month.
Just click the sign up button at the top right, select the Local30 access, and use promo code "HotWheels" by July 25.
* Offer valid for Austin-area residents who are new members of Austin B-cyclemore
By Matt Curtis & Christie Johnson
Dating on wheels gets you moving fast — and we quickly fell in love on Austin B-cycle.
For two people on-the-go in Austin, it was a miracle we met one another. Depending on which one of us you ask, some of our stories are radically different (like who first approached whom). But one of the things we agree on: Our dates were fun and adventurous, and much of it was because we used Austin B-cycle, Car2Go and other alternative transportation options to get around.
Matt: When I first met Christie, I didn’t want to let her get away. So, I had to take a normal date and make it a blast. We used Car2Go to get downtown and then hopped on Austin B-cycle to move from one fun stop to another – and, since there were so many great places to eat, and so many events, we had a lot of options. On bikes we were able to get to more places in less time, and we had a fun time seeing the town along the way.
Christie: I didn’t know what to think of this guy. His idea of dating seemed to revolve around keeping us on the go. But, instead of...more
Austin is known for its music scene but there’s so much more to Cap City culture. Whether you’re a native or a visitor, indulge your curiosity and join us as we explore the wealth of ATX arts — just steps from our downtown B-cycle stations.
This month's spotlight — B-cultured — will take you to exhibits of different stripes both indoor and out. When you're out and about at our spotlight locations be sure to show your B-cycle culture on Twitter by using #bcultured.
And, yes, there could be a prize in store for those who venture to all eight locations.
See the map below and get rolling.more
Austin B-cycle has been serving ATX with a fast, fun mobility option for more than a year now. So how are folks using the system? And how is it enhancing their lives? Well, we're reaching out to some of our riders to find out. This week, we heard from Nicole Gartside, a user since September 2014...
I moved here last June after college for a job, and since my new apartment was only a mile from my office, biking just made sense, especially since I had to make it home during my lunch break several times a week to let out my new puppy -- walking there and back in the heat just didn't make sense.
I actually bought a bike of my own when I got here, but a few months later, it was stolen. A month after getting a second bike, the seat was stolen. I just didn't feel comfortable riding my own bike to work anymore, constantly worrying about whether or not it would be there when I went outside, so I looked into B-cycle since it was right down the street from me. Considering the price I kept paying to replace bikes and parts, this made so much more sense.
Now, I use...more
The weather’s heating up and so is ATX nightlife. Austin B-cycle is up all night, so forget about parking and save that cab fare for another Lone Star as you enjoy the central city’s best spots to party on our May self-guided tour.
On this all-abilities ride, you'll have a chance to lounge on SoCo patios, stroll the bustling strip on Rainey Street, grab a bite at an East Side trailer, take in some music on Red River and B scene in the Warehouse District.
So grab a B-cycle anytime, 24/7, and roll into summer in style. Here's our suggested route...more
Austin B-cycle has been serving ATX with a fast, fun mobility option for more than a year now. So how are folks using the system? And how is it enhancing their lives? Well, we're reaching out to some of our riders to find out. This week, we got input from Greg Anderson, who's been using the system since its debut.
1) What drew you to first try B-cycle?
Signing up for B-cycle was a simple decision for me. I live, work, and play in and near downtown around 90% of the time so any additional easy and fun transportation options are a must.
2) How long have you been using the system?
Since the day it opened! Having been to cities with bike-share systems I was excited to learn that Austin would have its very own system. Of course, I also remember how hard people like (former City Councilmembers) Chris Riley, Sheryl Cole and others worked to make it happen.
3) How often and for what type of trips do you use B-cycle?
There is really little rhyme or reason as to when or for what type of trips I use B-cycle. I know where I need to go and I either...more
To celebrate our partnership with Life Time Tri CapTex, Austin B-cycle is holding a contest to award one lucky winner with free registration (valued over $160) into the B-cycle Wave of the SuperSprint!
For your chance to win free entry into the race in one of the participating B-cycle Wave spots:
Step 1: Take an Austin B-cycle for a spin! Find an Austin B-cycle at one of our 46 B-stations between now and May 11th. Take it for a ride and get creative.
STEP 2: Take a photo! Capture a fun, creative, or wacky “Tri” inspired moment and post it to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or all of them. Be sure to include #TriBcycle. Make sure your profile is public so that our team can see when you've posted.
STEP 3: Cross your fingers! Remember, we're looking for fun and creative “Tri” inspired photos. It may be three “B-cycle-rs” riding around, one “B-cycle-er” at three locations, or even three “tri” training spots - Let your imagination run wild....more
AUSTIN, TX (April 14, 2015)— In advance of the 25th annual Life Time Tri CapTex on May 25, Life Time—The Healthy Way of Life Company and Austin B-cycle today announced the introduction of a new “Austin B-cycle Wave”— a featured highlight of the SuperSprint distance during the popular event.
The collaboration is designed to encourage individuals of all experience levels, including those new to the sport of triathlon, to participate in the Memorial Day event taking place throughout downtown Austin.
The SuperSprint race is one of many distances offered during the CapTex Tri at Auditorium Shores. The Austin B-cycle Wave will have 20 entries, which includes complimentary use of an Austin B-cycle for the 6.21 mile SuperSprint bike course. Participants will also swim .25 miles and run 3.1 miles as part of the SuperSprint...more
Drinks on us! Mark your calendar from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, for an evening of free fun. Join B-cycle and the Blanton Museum of Art to take a ride, see new downtown art and wine and dine on B-cycle's dime.
Here's the plan:
Show up the B-cycle station at MLK & 15th or 4th & Congress between 6 and 9 p.m. and get a promo code for a complimentary pass to get access to the system for free.
Option 1: Hop on your B-cycle and pedal from MLK & 15th down to 4th and Congress to see the new mural by Okay Mountain at Frank (407 Colorado).
Option 2: Ride from 4th & Congress to MLK & 15th to take in the Third Thursday festivities at the Blaton (200 E. MLK Blvd).
Option 3: Go both ways and double your fun!
Get a ticket from our friendly staffer at the station for a free pizza and glass of wine at the Blanton and/or a free cocktail at Frank.
You in? RSVP on Facebook!more
Sure, we keep it weird, but Austin is also known for its green spaces and sustainable living. So throw back the kickstand on winter and Spring into Earth Month with a self-guided tour -- on two wheels.
Whether you're visiting for the first time or want to bike like a local, we've created a comfortable route for riders of all ages and abilities to explore some of our most popular spots near and along Lady Bird Lake, from the bustling Saturday farmers' market to the green expanse of Zilker Park.
The B-est part? It can all be done on B-cycle with an $8 Day Pass or any membership. Just 4 miles, the travel time between the six stations is about 30 minutes at a leisurely pace — but leave plenty of time to linger at each of the destinations to grab a bite, take a dip or just take in the iconic Austin skyline.
Ready to roll? Here's our suggested route:more
10 days, more than 21,000 trips -- another record-setting year for Austin B-cycle at SXSW 2015! “Attendees made it clear last week: Austin B-cycle is the best way to get around during SXSW,” said Elliott McFadden, our Executive Director. “We're thrilled to see an overall increase from our 2014 record breaking year.” Don't let the tourists have all the fun: Get your access at AustinBcycle.com. Continue reading more from the official press release.more
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! SXSW will be here in Austin before we know it and this year, Austin B-cycle is the official #SXcycles provider! After setting a national record last year with the number of people riding our bikes, we know we're going to need help getting to our goal again. Check out the ways you can assist us in our efforts, meet some great people, and snag yourself 50% off an annual Austin B-cycle membership as a reward!
Grab some friends and sign up today!more
SXSW is just around the corner and Austin B-cycle will be supporting the events this year as the official SXcycles provider for 2015! With so much to do in such a small amount of time, Austin B-cycle will be the transportation of choice by SX attendees getting them to the venues fast and with a smile on their face. Read more about the SXcycles program and submit your name as a volunteer to assist with our SXcycles efforts!more
KUTX's MAPJAM returns on Saturday, February 21 and Austin B-cycle will be there helping music lovers get to all the shows. B-cycle Valets will be set up at each of the music venues, allowing riders to check-in/out B-cycles at each location so they can concentrate on the shows, not on parking. Check out the lines up and schedule for MAPJAM here now! Pre-purchase of 24-hour access to Austin B-cycle is recommended!more
It's Marathon Week here in Austin! If you are participating in the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon this weekend, jump on an Austin B-cycle to get around while you're in Austin. We'll have a B-cycle Valet set up at Palmer Events Center for everyone to get their race packet, quick and easy. And, on race morning, we'll have a B-cycle Valet set up at W 5th & Congress to get everyone to the start line with no hassle. Good luck runners and Conley Sports Productions, LLC team!more
In May 2014, a pilot apprentice program was developed between Austin B-cycle and The Ghisallo Foundation with the purpose of providing youth bicycle mechanic skills training as well as employment opportunities. It is a mentorship program where the participant gains solid skills and real world work experience through paid apprenticeships. Not only does this provide the participant with marketable skills which are also useful to them to be able to maintain their own bikes along with their friends', but also the aids in the development of a resume for future job opportunities.
The first Apprentice Mechanic is Se'Daruis Rodgersl. He is 16 and came to us through the Boys and Girls Club (BGCA) Earn-A-Bike and Maintenance Program. After earning a bike, he initially started as a Shop Assistant and then became an Assistant Mechanic helping maintain the shop and performing maintenance and repairs during class. During the summer of 2014, we expanded the program to include Austin B-Cycle where he is developing his current skills as he learns about fleet management, bike building and...more
Austin B-cycle Expands Again!
Within the next couple of weeks Austinites and visitors alike will have more places to find a B-cycle! Austin B-cycle plans to add four new locations and expand three of its busiest existing stations due to high usage. New B-station locations include second stations at the Convention Center and Rainey District, South Lamar near Barton Springs Road, and restaurant row on Barton Springs Road. Expansion of current stations will occur at 4th & Congress, South Congress & Academy, and the Pfluger Bridge at 2nd Street, each gaining four additional bike docks.more