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Three cyclists ride along the San Antonio River Feb. 15 under the I-35 bridge on bicycles from the Pearl Brewery station. They and other locals were enjoying the afternoon’s unusual 78-degree weather.  Photo by Hillary E. Ratcliff

Three cyclists ride along the San Antonio River Feb. 15 under the I-35 bridge on bicycles from the Pearl Brewery station. They and other locals were enjoying the afternoon’s unusual 78-degree weather. Photo by Hillary E. Ratcliff

Whitt and Jamie Jones rent bicycles from the Big Tex B-Cycle Station Feb. 15 in the parking lot of Blue Star Art Complex. This B-Station is powered by solar energy just like the station outside Sinkin EcoCentro.  Photo by Hillary E. Ratcliff

Whitt and Jamie Jones rent bicycles from the Big Tex B-Cycle Station Feb. 15 in the parking lot of Blue Star Art Complex. This B-Station is powered by solar energy just like the station outside Sinkin EcoCentro. Photo by Hillary E. Ratcliff

How two wheels can eliminate the stress of downtown parking.

By Hillary E. Ratcliff

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

On this campus, students, faculty and staff who commute by bus or carpool or are dropped off can now travel across campus and into downtown by their own means.

One can access bikes for rental through the San Antonio B-Cycle station at this campus outside of Sinkin EcoCentro on North Main Avenue.

  Photo by Hillary E. Ratcliff

Photo by Hillary E. Ratcliff

The San Antonio B-Cycle is in the river district of San Antonio, giving the public access to two-wheel commuting throughout this city’s main attractions.

The system’s operation is simple.

To use San Antonio B-Cycle, one can locate a station by using an Apple or Android application or visiting www.sanantonio.bcycle.com.

From there, choose to ride for 24 hours, seven days or use an annual pass. The three options come at a fee, but B-Cycle does offer discounts.

For 24 hours the cost is $10, seven days is $24 and an annual subscription pass is $80.

The discount is 20 percent for students, teachers, military and senior citizens.

To receive the discount from B-Cycle, email info@sanantoniobikeshare.org or visit the website for more detailed information.

After selecting a riding option, take a bike and ride for the allotted time and either return it to the original station or to another San Antonio B-Cycle station.

At every location, there is a map with all the B-Cycle stations, specifically on the Mission Trail.

For those on the go, the mobile application has the same map, including more features.

In the mobile application, a flashing dot represents the rider’s current location. Each B-Cycle will tell how many bikes are available to ride.

The docks available are for dropping off a bike after use.

Though not on the river, San Antonio B-Cycle came to this campus to connect the college and neighboring stations, J.D. Simpson of San Antonio Bike Share said.

The intent is to permanently create a connection to downtown.

At this college, there will be about 49 docks to hold bikes by fall 2016. Those docks will be spread over three campus locations.

The first location, installed a month and a half ago outside Sinkin EcoCentro, has received activity since the station was installed, said project manager Louis Kreusel.

The next B-Cycle station is already underway; the concrete pad has been laid between Gonzales Hall and Candler Physical Education Center.

This station installation is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday and features 18 docks to hold bikes convenient to VIA riders.

In August, the final campus station is scheduled to be installed at Tobin Lofts with seven to nine docks.

That makes 47 to 49 bikes coming and going from campus for the college community and public to access at any time.

Students can easily start their day at this campus and ride down West Josephine Street to the Pearl Brewery station to enjoy local eats.

They can also pedal to Blue Star to ride the Mission Trail and later enjoy more of San Antonio’s dining options.

John Strybos, associate vice chancellor of facilities operation and construction management, agrees the stations will create access to downtown’s attractions, such as the upcoming Fiesta events.

The stations will also draw Tobin Hill and other communities to the public events at Scobee Education Center, McCreless Hall and McAllister Fine Arts Center.

The B-Cycle stations are an alternative to expensive downtown parking or moving a car from location to location.

With these B-Cycle stations, students, staff and faculty now have unrestricted access to the river, downtown, Mission Trail and other destinations.

For more information, call 210-281-0101 or visit www.sanantonio.bcycle.com.

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