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Published on March 4th, 2014 | by Kate Harrington

Austin B-Cycle Wraps Up Expansion

Just in time for SXSW, which will go into full swing with the Interactive portion of the festival on March 7, Austin B-cycle has finished an expansion that’s brought a total of 40 bike share stations to downtown Austin and surrounding areas.

With the expansion, which wrapped up on March 1, Austin B-cycle now has 400 bikes around Austin. New station locations include Barton Springs, 7th St. & Red River St., and East 11th St. & San Marcos St.

Austin B-cycle hit the streets on December 21 with an initial 11 stations, making Austin one of 18 cities to launch a bike share system in 2013. In B-cycle’s first month, Austinites took 3,880 trips, an average of 115 bike share trips daily, and purchased nearly 2,000 day passes and 7-day passes.

According to Movability Austin, the most-used B-cycle stations in Austin so far are: the City Hall station at Lavaca St. & 2nd St., the Capitol station at Congress Ave. & 11th St., and the station at 5th & Bowie.

Have you used Austin’s new bike sharing program? What do you like or dislike about it? Be sure to leave your comments below.

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Kate is a former reporter, most recently for the Austin Business Journal, where she covered real estate, economic development and transportation. Since 2010 she has been running Thumbtack Communications. Thumbtack provides writing, editing and marketing services. Before moving to Austin in 2002 Kate lived in her native New England, which she still visits often to escape the Texas heat.



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