In a major milestone for Austin’s nationally recognized public bike sharing program, riders of Austin B-cycle have surpassed the one million trip mark.
“For the last four and half years, Austin B-cycle has provided a fast, fun way to navigate downtown, avoiding traffic and making our community healthier” said Elliott McFadden, Executive Director of Austin B-cycle. “We are in awe of the community support and popularity of our program that has allowed us to hit 1 million trips!”
The program launched in December 2013 with just 11 stations and 110 bikes and is now in the process of expanding to 76 stations and 650 bikes. So far in 2018, riders have logged 265,000 trips, 715,000 miles, burned 28 million calories and contributed to 676,000 lbs of carbon offset.
“We are proud that our public bike share system has the kind of acceptance and ridership to reach 1 million trips in just a few years,” said Laura Dierenfield, Active Transportation Manager for the City of Austin. “We look forward to years more service and another million trips helping Austinites avoid traffic congestion and contributing to cleaner air and healthy bodies.”
Austin B-cycle will be celebrating with an event at Hops & Grain Brewery on Saturday, August 18th. They have teamed up with another local non-profit, The Trail Foundation, to lead a social ride of the East Austin Hike & Bike Trail from Hops & Grain at 11am on August 18th. This group ride is free, and will showcase three brand new B-stations. Bikes will be provided for the ride by Austin B-cycle at no cost.
After the ride, Austin B-cycle and The Trail Foundation members can enjoy their first beer free from 12pm-3pm at the brewery. New members can sign up for the first month free on a Local30 Austin B-cycle membership at the event, as well as listen to live bluegrass from Austin’s own Bottom Dollar String Band.
Austin B-cycle will be adding 13 new stations from August 13- 22, expanding the system from 63 stations to 76 stations as part of a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Austin B-cycle is a public-private partnership between the City of Austin (the system owner) and Bike Share of Austin (the local 501c3 non-profit operator).