On-campus B-Cycle postponed to fall

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The future B-Cycle site between Chandler and Gonzalez still sits empty. The company responsible for providing the bikes cites lack of funds to complete the project.  Photo by Jack Jackson

The future B-Cycle site between Chandler and Gonzalez still sits empty. The company responsible for providing the bikes cites lack of funds to complete the project. Photo by Jack Jackson

Shortage of money will delay future stations

By Nathalie Mora

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

The B-Cycle station slated to open on this campus in May has been delayed until September because of a lack of funds.

The college installed a concrete pad in the brick walkway between Gonzales Hall and Candler Physical Education Center in February specifically for the B-Cycle station.

Gus Sullivan, business department manager for San Antonio Bike Share, said in March, grant money from the Texas Department of Transportation made it possible for the bikes and railing to be installed.

The non-profit bike program is funded 60 percent through memberships and 40 percent through sponsorships, he said.

The grant was approved, but now the lack of sponsorship money will delay plans until September, Sullivan said Thursday.

Sullivan said the company is hoping the City of San Antonio will help fund this program, so the station at this college can be installed along with others in the area.

Future stations are planned for The Cove restaurant and at Five Points, where Cypress, Fredericksburg Road, and North Flores St. intersect.

Meetings with the city have been arranged and things look optimistic, he said.

People can 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 available.

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 the clock starts every time a person swipes their membership card.

Visit www.sanantoniobikeshare.org for more information.

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