The first bike sharing system in Texas boosts personal health improvement and made an environmental difference in the Alamo City.
As of December 1, 2013 the data for B-Cycle in San Antonio shows great results:
Number of trips: 142,146
Miles ridden: 514,104
Carbon offset: 472,583 lbs.
Calories burned: 19,898,250
Gas saved: $84,051.71
The encouraging results has sparked growth in the B-Cycle system with installations in Houston and Fort Worth. Austin plans to launch their program on December 21st, 2013 with 11 stations and 110 bikes. Austin is planning on expanding to approximately 40 stations and 400 bikes by March - just in time for South by Southwest!
Riders in the program chan check their personal profile page to see how many calories they burned, how many miles they rode and even track their carbon offset. The system is easy with membres able to pick up one of the gray bikes at any B-station and drop it off at any B-station.
All B-Cycles come equipped with baskets and have built-in locks. The bikes are adjustable for persons from 5’2” to 6’4.”
The bike share program, spearheaded by the City’s Office of Environmental Policy, took about 15 months to plan, design, and implement. A myriad of partners were engaged including elected officials, the private sector, Historic Design and Review Commission, VIA Metropolitan Transit, the San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Texas Department of Transportation. A local non-profit has been formed to maintain and operate the system daily.