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#1 2013-06-22 05:30:28

MichaelBluejay
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Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin

Many large cities have kiosks where you can rent bicycles by the hour or by the day.  Now, Austin will be joining those ranks.  Plans are to have the first kiosks installed by the end of the year, with more to come next year.

http://www.kvue.com/news/editors-pick/A … 38381.html

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#2 2013-11-06 13:30:03

Jack
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Re: Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin

Should be be surprised?  NYC bike share program works safely, contra Puscher's and others' predictions of carnage:  http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com/bl … -dont.html

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#3 2014-01-17 12:01:57

Jack
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#4 2014-01-29 16:10:03

Jack
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Re: Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin

http://www.curbingcars.com/bixi-goes-ba … /#more-683  Bad news:  Bixi bankruptcy doesn't bode well for bike share business.  Short term problem?

37,000: Number of Bixi bikes in operation around the world.

15: Number of cities that have adopted Bixi, including London and New York.

5,000: Number of Bixis on Montreal streets in 2013

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#5 2014-01-30 11:02:08

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Re: Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin

The good news is that Austin's B-Cycle doesn't use Bixi.

http://dc.streetsblog.org/2014/01/22/wh … ory-wrong/

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#6 2014-01-30 11:53:12

Jack
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http://www.cts.umn.edu/Publications/cat … /niceride/
Studying how bike share stations are chosen, use for transportation for access
to jobs

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#7 2014-02-01 00:32:44

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Re: Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin

I saw them setting up a new location just south of the Dog and Duck pub yesterday.  Good spot!  Now they need some East Austin ones.

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#8 2014-04-25 19:01:10

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Re: Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin

Austin's BCycle bike sharing program set the national record for checkouts per bike per day (10.1) on March 14 during SXSW, beating NYC's old record of 7.2.

The system now has 40 stations and 275 bikes.

I'd like to point out that BCycle's Executive Director is Elliott McFadden, who started Austin CarShare, and also ran the popular "Austin on Two Wheels" blog.  While both projects are now defunct, they still served to advance progress.  Austin CarShare proved that the concept could work and paved the way for the successful Car2Go system, and the blog was popular and a fine read.  Man, that guy gets around.

http://Austin.BCycle.com/

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#9 2014-04-26 00:23:17

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Re: Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin

He's also the builder at http://www.violetcrowncycles.com/ .  At least I assume he's still doing this ...

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#10 2014-05-02 11:52:16

Jack
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Re: Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin

Short piece on NYC bike share, noodling about how to make it work in Los Angeles.  "Walkability" focus.  http://la.streetsblog.org/2014/02/04/le … lkability/

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#11 2014-08-14 17:07:04

Jack
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Re: Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin

Jack wrote:

Should be be surprised?  NYC bike share program works safely, contra Puscher's and others' predictions of carnage:  http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com/bl … -dont.html

And still no fatalities with bike share, apparently.  http://grist.org/list/u-s-bikeshares-ha … aign=daily

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#12 2014-08-15 00:19:49

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Re: Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin

The last time I looked the statistics showed that the by-mile fatality statistics for cyclists were about twice that of motorists nationwide, so that would be about 3.0 per 100 million bicycle miles, or one fatality for every 33 million bicycle miles.

The NYC bike share has estimated about 15 million miles of riding so far, and so assuming that they have the same risk of death as "average" cyclists I'd expect about half a fatality from that ... so they've beaten the odds, but not by a statistically significant amount yet.

Now, don't get me wrong ... I'm glad that nobody has died, but it's really far too soon to attribute that to any emphasis they have on safety or anything else -- it could just be luck so far.

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#13 2015-06-17 16:50:39

Jack
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Re: Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin

Not Austin B-Cycle, but an unexpected contribution -- Denver cop uses B-Cycle to chase down fleeing suspect:    http://denver.cbslocal.com/2015/06/17/d … r-bicycle/
update:  http://www.9news.com/story/news/crime/2 … /28867275/

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#14 2015-06-19 13:16:41

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Re: Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin

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I removed this post because it consisted entirely of a link to a product for purchase, which had nothing to do with Austin BCycle.  Bicycle-related products can be advertised here, as per the rules, but threads can't be hijacked, and the post should describe what the hell is being linked to.

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#15 2016-03-14 10:36:08

Jack
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Re: Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin

Seattle lawmakers split over whether to buy out ‘insolvent’ bike-share
program for $1.4M
GeekWire  http://www.geekwire.com/2016/seattle-la … gram-1-4m/ 

The fate of Seattle’s bike-share program will be decided later this month. The city’s transportation committee on Tuesday voted 3-3 on
legislation that would direct $1.4 million to buy out Seattle’s bike-share  program. The ordinance will be sent without recommendation to full council for a
final vote on March 14. The existing bike-share program, called Pronto Cycle  Share, launched in October 2014

If approved by full council, the city would spend $1.4 million to purchase Pronto Cycle Share from non-profit Puget Sound Bike Share (which owns it), acquire its assets, and using the remaining $3.6 million to expand the city-owned program over the next few years. The discussion at City Hall on Tuesday centered around who should be responsible for running a bike-share program in Seattle: the city, or a private company. Topics like equity and transportation infrastructure came up throughout the two-hour afternoon meeting.

UPDATE:   http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2016/ … Seattle%29 

Seattle’s bike share network will come under City of Seattle ownership with an eye on expansion as City Council members voted 7-2 Monday to save the indebted system.

After tacking on amendments to improve bike lane infrastructure downtown and ensure that bike sharing reaches low income neighborhoods, City Council members approved a plan for the City to takeover Pronto with a $1.4 million investment while reserving another $3.6 million for future expansion of the system next year under a new operator contract.

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By spending $1.4 million, Seattle will immediately acquire 26 stations from Pronto as well as all remaining hard assets. The City already owns 28 stations after purchasing them with a federal grant. The City would also seek out a new operating contract as Pronto’s current contract with the company Motivate ends at the end of 2016. Motivate could still submit a bid to continue running the service.

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Negotiating new sponsorship deals would be key to expanding and sustaining the system in the future, according SDOT’s head of active transportation Nicole Freedman. SDOT projects it could get roughly $1,200 per new bike in advertising, which would put the system on track to being financially sustainable. Acquiring the system without expanding it would cost the City roughly $110,000 a year after 2016. Re-locating existing stations could also give Pronto a boost after the City takes over, according to SDOT.

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#16 2017-02-05 13:41:41

MichaelBluejay
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Re: Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin

Austin Bcycle has updated its pricing, and it seems to be a big improvement.

First, there's an $80 annual membership, which gets you unlimited 60-minute rides.

The 24-hour pass ($12) and 3-day pass ($15) now get you unlimited 60-minute rides (doubled from only 30).

https://austin.bcycle.com

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#17 2017-02-06 18:24:08

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Re: Austin BCycle bike sharing program coming to Austin

I don't have much reason to use these here in Austin, but I did use them in Alexandria VA last year while I was on a business trip.  They are a fantastic way to get around inexpensively.   They key thing seems to be to have enough stations with enough bikes around so that you can really get from where you are to where you need to go.  Kind of like the way buses ought to operate.

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