San Antonio B-Cycle expanding downtown

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B-Cycle riders head toward at B-cycle's La Vilita location March 2011.  File

B-Cycle riders head toward at B-cycle’s La Vilita location March 2011. File

Future stations will be installed at San Antonio College, The Cove, and others.

By Nathalie Mora

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

A concrete pad was inserted into the brick walkway between Gonzales Hall and Candler Physical Education Center last month by the college to house a station of B-Cycle, the city’s bicycle sharing program.

The station will be finished by the middle of May, said Gus Sullivan, business department manager for San Antonio Bike Share.

Sullivan said the city is waiting for final approval of the Texas Department of Transportation grant, which will make it possible for the bikes and railing to be installed.

The bike share program is funded 60 percent through memberships and 40 percent through donations and sponsorships, Sullivan said.

“San Antonio B-Cycle is a non-profit bike share program designed for the public to make quick, adventurous, short trips around town,” Sullivan said

It is also designed to provide people another form of transportation.

B-Cycle is focusing on expanding in the downtown area, Sullivan said.

Future stations will be placed at The Cove Restaurant and at Five Points, where Cypress, Fredericksburg, and North Flores intersect.

Right now, there are 55 B-Cycle stations and 450 bikes available for rides, Sullivan said

He expects to expand to 75-77 stations by summer.

The mission of B-Cycle is to get the community active and healthy.

Sign up for the bike share program online or at a kiosk.

Membership levels include a 24-hour pass for $10, 7-day pass for $24, 3 months membership for $35, 5-month membership for $45, and an annual pass for $80. Student and senior discounts are offered.

Bikes are rentable for 30 minutes at a time. If a rider goes over that time, a $2 fee will be applied per half hour.

Kiosks are available at every station and time is started every time a person swipes their card.

Visit sanantoniobikeshare.org for more information.

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