|Transit type||Bicycle sharing system|
|Number of stations||56|
|Began operation||May, 2012|
|Operator(s)||Houston Bike Share|
|Number of vehicles||425|
Houston BCycle is a bicycle sharing system owned and operated by Houston Bike Share, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that administers bike sharing for the City of Houston.
Houston BCycle launched in May 2012 with just 18 bikes at 3 stations, and has since expanded to 425 bikes at 56 stations. Houston BCycle provides a quick and active transportation alternative for getting around the city with environmental and health benefits. In May 2013, Houston BCycle expanded from 3 to 25 stations and 215 bikes. This expansion was made possible through a DOE grant, which created a presence not only in Downtown, but also in the East End, Midtown, Houston, Montrose District, and the Houston Museum District–with four of the stations located at key METRORail stops. In January 2013, a partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Texas provided Houston BCycle with further operational funding. In September 2013, Coca-Cola Co.'s foundation contributed funds to open up its 29th station at Clayton Homes 1919 Runnels. The program aims to expand to 1,000 bikes at 100 stations by 2020, with discussions and planning including the Texas Medical Center and local universities, as well as additional neighborhoods such as Houston Heights, Midtown, Houston and Montrose, Houston.
Memberships and Pricing
Houston BCycle is a membership-driven bike share system. Memberships are available by month or year and are available online at houston.bcycle.com or through the BCycle mobile app. For walk-up users, short term rentals are available at the BCycle station kiosk by using a credit card or debit card. Every annual member receives a BCycle card in the mail that is used to unlock BCycle bikes directly from the dock in a quick and simple process. Every membership allows each rider unlimited 60 minute trips during their respective membership. Before your 60 minute trip has ended, you can simply dock the bike at any BCycle station to renew another 60 minutes of ride time.
Annual Membership - $99
Monthly Membership - $9
Walk-up fee at kiosk - $3 per 30 minutes
Usage fees: $3 each additional 1/2 hour after first 60 minutes for Annual and Monthly Members. Avoid incurring usage fees by returning your bike to any BCycle station within 60 minutes. Want to ride longer? Simply approach kiosk and re-check out a bike using the same credit card used to purchase the pass.
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- http://houston.bcycle.com/ - Website
- https://www.facebook.com/HoustonBCycle - Facebook Page
- https://twitter.com/houstonbcycle - Twitter Page