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  • Tulsa Bike Share announces their new system name and sponsors

    by Daniel Sperle | Jun 15, 2018

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    Tulsa, Oklahoma – Tulsa Bike Share announced the debut of their smart bike-sharing service, This Machine.  This Machine will bring a state-of-the-art system to the community, while celebrating Tulsa’s rich cultural history.  The system will be formally launched and be available for Tulsans on July 27.

     

    The announcement was made at Saint Francis Tulsa Tough in partnership with their primary sponsor, The William K. Warren Foundation and Saint Francis Health System.

     

    “The William K. Warren Foundation and Saint Francis Health System view bicycle access as a tool in meeting Tulsa’s transportation and recreation needs, and as a way to better promote physical activity and wellness,” said Tom Cooper, President of The William K. Warren Foundation.  “We helped introduce the region’s first bike sharing system, the Tulsa Townies, along River Parks in August 2007.  We are proud to support This Machine in 2018, and play a part in expanding this access to a greater number of Tulsans and visitors to our community.”

     

    Bike share systems continue to be a key indicator of a city’s connectivity and accessibility, and a component that young professionals and corporations look to in evaluating a community.  Bike sharing is an increasingly popular way for residents and visitors to experience a city: more than 35 million bike-share trips were taken in 2017, up more than 25 percent from the previous year. 

     

    The announcement of This Machine represents more than two years of planning by the City of Tulsa and INCOG. 

     

    “With the launch of This Machine on July 27, Tulsa will take a significant step forward in becoming a more walkable, bike-friendly community that provides meaningful alternative transportation access to its citizens and visitors,” said Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum.  “Having a world-class bike sharing system will build upon the City’s recent investments in transit through Vision Tulsa, and ensure Tulsa has the transportation amenities that visitors expect – and our citizens deserve.”

     

    The state-of-the-art system will initially consist of 25 stations and 160 bikes, providing coverage to downtown Tulsa, River Parks, the Gathering Place, and Route 66 to the University of Tulsa.  This Machine will be one of four systems to launch with BCycle’s – a subsidiary of Trek Bicycles – new smart-bike technology with an integrated touch screen display.  Tulsa joins the ranks of Memphis, Tennessee; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Jackson Hole, Wyoming in having this best-in-class technology.

     

    "We are thrilled to unveil our new system name and bikes to the public for the first time,” said Daniel Sperle, Executive Director of Tulsa Bike Share.  “We have been working hard to develop a locally-oriented brand and an innovative system that will help transform the way Tulsans and visitors experience and move about our city.  And we are proud to be able to share the culmination of that work today, during such an iconic home-grown bicycling event as the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough.”

     

    This Machine will offer a variety of pricing options that meet the needs of everyone from commuters to fitness enthusiasts, or urban dwellers to tourists. Users will be able to choose to pay per ride, purchase a pass for the weekend, or become a monthly or annual member.

     

    More information on This Machine can be found online at: www.thismachinetulsa.com.

     

    About Tulsa Bike Share:

    Tulsa Bike Share is a nonprofit organization created as a public-private partnership between the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG), the City of Tulsa, and private sponsors. 

     

    In 2016, Tulsa Bike Share hired Daniel Sperle to serve as Executive Director.  Daniel worked with bike share consultant Atla Planning & Consulting to evaluate the current market and select an equipment vendor for their initial purchase of capital equipment.

     

    Upon evaluating the burgeoning bike-share industry, Tulsa Bike Share chose to forgo a more traditional, dock-based system that required significantly higher capital investments, and instead pursue a system that integrated emerging smart-bike technology – allowing bicycles to operate both in conjunction with, and independent from, physical stations.  This system allows for more flexible travel, enabling the system to better meet the needs of Tulsans and visitors to our community.

     

    In selecting this route, Tulsa Bike Share joins the ranks of Memphis, Tennessee; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in launching systems with this cutting-edge technology.

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  • BCycle Launches 50th Bike Share Program in Memphis with Largest Smart Bike System to Date

    by Marina Marich | May 23, 2018
    Memphis becomes newest BCycle program with 600-bike system featuring BCycle Dash bikes
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    MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE – With an exclusive fleet of BCycle Dash advanced smart bikes, Memphis, Tennessee, becomes BCycle’s 50th bike share program—and its largest smart bike system to date—with 600 bikes and 60 stations.

     

    “Launching our 50th program is an important milestone, and we couldn’t be prouder to be doing so with our Dash bikes and ecosystem, which puts the rider at the center of the bike share experience and further integrates bike share with public transit,” said BCycle President Bob Burns. “There’s no better time than now to launch this program, during National Bike Month, and in a great city such as Memphis. We’re thrilled to welcome Memphis to the growing BCycle family and to be able to offer the people who live, work and play here a chance to experience BCycle Dash.”

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    Explore Bike Share launched this morning, May 23, through a community celebration in partnership with the Downtown Memphis Commission. More than 250 volunteers crowdsource docked the bike fleet into their 60 stations for the first time.

     

    Unlike other smart bikes, BCycle Dash incorporates elements that firmly establish bike share as a critical component of a community’s transit system offerings. Among its many features, BCycle Dash has the ability to be docked on conventional bike racks, at its own Dash dock and next to a station if there are no available docks.

     

    The bike incorporates front and rear integrated lighting, a heads-up display with trip info and 8-speed shifting. Riders can purchase a membership online, at a payment kiosk or through the BCycle app, where they will also be able to access trip history, routes and ride data. Riders can check out bikes directly from the BCycle mobile app, using an Explore Bike Share RFID card or a user ID and PIN directly on the bike’s forward-facing touchscreen.

     

    “Explore Bike Share’s mission is to provide an affordable, accessible and approachable transportation option for all Memphians and visitors,” said Trey Moore, executive director of Explore Bike Share. “BCycle’s equipment and technology have allowed us to fulfill that mission equitably and intentionally with flexible station sites and easy-to-use bikes. Our team is excited to offer this state-of-the-art system to residents and tourists.”

     

    Explore Bike Share in Memphis is BCycle’s 50th program in the United States. Memphis is the second community to launch a BCycle Dash ecosystem. Jackson, Wyoming, launched its Dash system in April 2018; Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, launch with Dash later this year.

     

    Globally, BCycle currently has more than 15,000 bikes on the ground and riders have taken nearly 15 million trips. All BCycle bikes are designed by Waterloo, Wisconsin-based Trek.

     

    For more information on BCycle, visit www.bcycle.com and download the BCycle app in the App Store or Google Play Store.

     

    For more information on Explore Bike Share, visit www.explorebikeshare.com.

    BCYCLE MEDIA CONTACT
    Laura Andrews
    (706) 296-7135
    landrews@bcycle.com

    ABOUT BCYCLE. Headquartered in Waterloo, Wisconsin, BCycle develops and delivers best-in-class bike share systems worldwide, and is committed to providing an environmentally sustainable transportation alternative for cities. It’s BCycle’s mission to partner with campuses, corporations and municipalities of all sizes to implement and maintain bike share systems that complement and improve existing transportation infrastructure. They do so with a suite of products that make riding the easiest and most enjoyable part of people’s day, and an incredibly impactful part of your public transportation network. For more information, visit www.bcycle.com.

     

     

    ABOUT EXPLORE BIKE SHARE. Explore Bike Share is a Memphis 501(c)3 with a mission to create and implement a transportation tool to advance the city on multiple fronts—including but not limited to transportation, tourism, health, environment, and culture—through the development and operation of a bike sharing program with access to as many Memphians as possible. Initially launching with a 600-bike system on May 23, 2018, the system will expand to 900 bikes by 2019. For more information, visit www.explorebikeshare.com.



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    Pictured: Doug Carpenter, DCA, Kevin Woods, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Trey Moore, Explore Bike Share, Doug McGowen, City of Memphis, Jaske Goff, Downtown Memphis Commission, Casey Shannon, Lewis Thomason, John Paul Shaffer, BLDG Memphis & Bike Walk TN, Kevin Kane, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, Porshe Stevens, Crosstown Arts, Bob Burns, BCycle, Jennifer Oswalt, Downtown Memphis Commission, Roshun Austin, The Works CDC, Suzanne Carlson, Innovate Memphis, Sara Studdard, Explore Bike Share, Mandi Schwarz, BCycle, Jon Pegg, Explore Bike Share

  • Explore Bike Share Announces Memphis’ System Launch Date

    by Cara Greenstein, DCA | May 01, 2018

    Explore Bike Share

    MEMPHIS—
    Today, in conjunction with the kickoff of National Bike Month, Explore Bike Share is proud to announce its official 60-station, 600-bike system launch date of Wednesday, May 23.

    “Our full-staff team of nine and BCycle operations partners are working around the clock to operationally implement and communally introduce a top-tier bike share system for the city of Memphis,” said Trey Moore, Executive Director of Explore Bike Share. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring these bikes to the streets and infuse them into the daily routines of Memphians and visitors.”

    Community volunteers will ride the system’s initial bike fleet from Explore Bike Share’s Uptown warehouse on the morning of May 23 and congregate at Court Square for a community-wide celebration at 9:30 a.m. in partnership with the Downtown Memphis Commission. Coined “The Big Roll-Out,” Explore Bike Share’s launch day event will recognize partners, funders and sponsors, ambassadors and spokespeople across neighborhoods and sectors.

    “The DMC is excited to partner with Explore Bike Share on such a momentous day for the Downtown and greater Memphis community,” said Jay Goff, Vice President of Operations for the Downtown Memphis Commission and Explore Bike Share board member.

    At the conclusion of the DMC-hosted event at 10:30 a.m., a volunteer-led “station migration” will ride the 600-bike fleet to its 60 stations across the system’s service area. Interested volunteers can select their neighborhood destination of choice, whether Cooper Young and South Memphis or Crosstown and Orange Mound, to crowdsource the system’s first-time distribution of bikes into stations. EventBrite sign-ups are available through The Big Roll-Out's Facebook event.

    “Our launch date marks a culmination of the Explore Bike Share’s deep relationships and research and core values,” said Porsche Stevens, Explore Bike Share board member and Crosstown Concourse community engagement coordinator. “We look forward to bringing every type of Memphian together.”

    Visit “The Big Roll-Out” Facebook event for further event details and RSVP mechanisms for Explore Bike Share volunteers.

    Additionally, all Explore Bike Share membership levels are transactional beginning today, allowing Memphians to purchase their annual, monthly, or weekly membership. Memphians are urged to make a transaction now, though their membership will not be activated until their first ride. 

    The “Pay It Forward” option, which supplies an annual membership to the donor and to another Memphian, supports the nonprofit’s mission to provide an affordable, accessible and approachable transportation for all. 

    To become a member, visit here.

    Additionally, the next three weeks mark the perfect time to get involved from a sponsorship perspective—opportunities range from robust branding on the bikes themselves to very specific, targeted advertising on stations, in social media promotions, and through event marketing.

    “The time is now for every individual and organization to take advantage of the benefits that come with this dynamic new asset for Memphis,” said Moore. “We’re ready for Explore Bike Share to officially roll in with a robust introduction and collective of partners and people.”

    For more information, visit explorebikeshare.com.

    ABOUT EXPLORE BIKE SHARE. Explore Bike Share is a Memphis 501(c)3 with a mission to create and implement a transportation tool to advance the city on multiple fronts—including but not limited to transportation, tourism, health, environment, and culture—through the development and operation of a bike sharing program with access to as many Memphians as possible. Initially launching with a 600-bike system on May 23, 2018, the system will expand to 900 bikes by 2019. For more information, visit explorebikeshare.com
  • Advanced Smart Bike BCycle Dash Launches as Part of START Bike in Jackson

    by User Not Found | Apr 11, 2018

    New bike and app establish bike share as critical component of town’s transit system offerings

    BCycle Jackson ribbon cutting
    Pictured left to right: Lee Jones, BCycle, Director of Business Development, Jack Koehler, Friends of Pathways, Program Director, Pete Muldoon, Jackson Mayor, Darren Brugmann, START Director

    Jackson, Wyoming – April 11, 2018 – Jackson, Wyoming, is the latest community to bring bike share to the public, further enhancing transportation options for residents and the world-class experience for visitors – and it’s doing so as the first to launch BCycle Dash, an advanced smart bike that puts the rider at the center of the bike share experience and integrates bike share with public transit.


    START Bike, a program of START Bus, launched yesterday with 55 BCycle Dash bikes and 17 stations. Friends of Pathways, in partnership with START Bus and the Town of Jackson, will operate the program.


    START Bike is the first bike share program of its kind to launch with BCycle Dash. Unlike other smart bikes, BCycle Dash incorporates elements that firmly establish bike share as a critical component of a community’s transit system offerings. Among its many features, BCycle Dash has the ability to be docked on conventional bike racks, at its own Dash dock, next to a station if there are no available docks or anywhere a bike can be parked.


    The bike incorporates front and rear integrated lighting, a heads-up display with trip info, and 8-speed shifting. Riders can purchase a membership online or using the BCycle app, where they will also be able to access trip history and ride data. Riders can check out bikes directly from the BCycle mobile app, using a START Bike membership card or a user ID and PIN.


    “It’s not just about the bike – it’s about the rider,” said Bob Burns, BCycle President. “At BCycle, we are always looking for ways to connect the ecosystem with the rider to boost the rider experience. We’re excited to welcome Jackson to the growing BCycle family, and even more excited for the people who live, work and play here to experience all that BCycle Dash has to offer.”


    START Bike provides a convenient and easy-to-use transportation alternative to short trips in the downtown area and provide users a fun and simple way to experience the town.


    “Jackson is well known as a leader in environmentally sensitive initiatives and is acknowledged as a bicycle friendly community. A Jackson bike share program makes great sense,” said Jackson Mayor Pete Muldoon in a recent press release. “This bike share program will provide an additional healthy and environmentally-sensitive way for residents, commuters and visitors to move in and around our town. These shared bicycles will improve connectivity while reducing traffic congestion.”


    The START Bike system brings the total number of communities with a BCycle system in the United States to 49. BCycle currently has more than 14,000 bikes on the ground and riders have taken nearly 2 million trips.


    Jackson is the first community to launch BCycle Dash and will be joined by Memphis, Tennessee, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Colorado Springs, Colorado later this year. All BCycle bikes are designed by Waterloo, Wisconsin-based Trek.


    For more information on BCycle, visit www.bcycle.com and download the BCycle app in the App Store or Google Play Store.


    For more information on START Bike, visit www.startbikejh.com.


    ABOUT FRIENDS OF PATHWAYS Friends of Pathways is a non-profit organization in Jackson, Wyoming, that supports a vibrant community by promoting sustainable transportation and healthy recreation. Its work has led to more than 65 miles of pathways in Teton County, including 15 miles in Grand Teton National Park. For more information, visit www.friendsofpathways.org.


    ABOUT BCYCLE Headquartered in Waterloo, Wisconsin, BCycle develops and delivers best-in-class bike share systems worldwide, and is committed to providing an environmentally sustainable transportation alternative for cities. It’s BCycle’s mission to partner with campuses, corporations, and municipalities of all sizes to implement and maintain bike share systems that complement and improve existing transportation infrastructure. They do so with a suite of products that make riding the easiest and most enjoyable part of people’s day, and an incredibly impactful part of your public transportation network. For more information, visit www.bcycle.com.

  • Bike Share Hits the Streets of Jackson on Tuesday, April 10th

    by Friends of Pathways | Apr 09, 2018

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    Community members invited to participate in the launch at noon on the Town Square

    JACKSON, WYOMINGSTART Bus and Friends of Pathways invite all community members to help celebrate the launch of the START Bike Share program on Tuesday, April 10th. A group will convene at noon at the Town Square for a brief set of remarks, a short ride on the new bikes, and light refreshments. All community members are invited to join.


    START Bike, a program of START Bus, launches with 55 bikes and 12 stations and will provide a new alternative for residents, commuters and tourists to travel. The program will be operated by Friends of Pathways in partnership with START Bus and the Town of Jackson.


    START Bike provides a convenient and easy-to-use transportation alternative to short trips in the downtown area where residents and visitors can check out a bike from one station and return it to another station near their final destination.


    “Jackson is well known as a leader in environmentally sensitive initiatives and is acknowledged as a bicycle friendly community.  A Jackson bike share program makes great sense,” said Jackson Mayor Pete Muldoon.  “This bike share program will provide an additional healthy and environmentally-sensitive way for residents, commuters and visitors to move in and around our town.  These shared bicycles will improve connectivity while reducing traffic congestion.”


    “START is proud of the partnership we have with Friends of Pathways in bringing this alternative form of transportation to our Jackson Hole community,” said Darren Brugmann, START Director.  “START Bike is a leading example of government working with other entities to enhance the quality of life in our community.  START Biking!”


    “Bike Share is low cost way to provide more mobility while improving the quality of life in Jackson,” said Katherine Dowson, Executive Director of Friends of Pathways. “Our community is ideal for cycling and more people are choosing to bike to their destination. We’re excited to give more people access to bikes for errands, going out to dinner, and other short trips in town.”


    START Bike is the first bike share program of its kind, launching with BCycle Dash, an advanced smart bike that puts the rider at the center of the bike share experience. The bike incorporates front and rear integrated lighting, a heads-up display with trip info, and 8-speed shifting. Riders can purchase a membership online or using the BCycle app, where they will also be able to access trip history and ride data. Riders can check out bikes directly from the BCycle mobile app, using a START Bike membership card, or a user ID and PIN.


    An Annual Pass, available for $50, includes unlimited 30 minute rides with a fee of $1.50 for each additional 15 minutes. A Founder’s Pass, available for $90, included unlimited 60 minute rides and allows riders to leave their bikes outside of the hubs with no fee. There is a limited number of Founder’s Passes available.


    For more information on START Bike, visit www.startbikejh.com and download the BCycle app in the App Store or Google Play Store.


    TOWN OF JACKSON CONTACT
    Carl Pelletier
    (307) 699-2015
    cpelletier@jacksonwy.gov                                                            


    START BIKE CONTACT                                                                                     
    Lauren Dickey
    (317) 797-6022
     lauren@friendsofpathways.org


    ABOUT THE TOWN OF JACKSON. The Town of Jackson is located in the northwest section of Wyoming.  It was named in 1894 and officially incorporated in 1914.  Jackson has a population of 9,577 and is the county seat of Teton County.   It sits at an elevation of 6,237 feet above sea level and serves as the gateway into Grand Teton National Park.    

    ABOUT FRIENDS OF PATHWAYS. Friends of Pathways is the community advocate for access to sustainable transportation and healthy recreation in Jackson Hole.


    ABOUT BCYCLE. Headquartered in Waterloo, Wisconsin, BCycle develops and delivers best-in-class bike share systems worldwide, and is committed to providing an environmentally sustainable transportation alternative for cities. BCycle has successfully launched more bike sharing systems in the United States than any other company, and has done so on time and under budget with bike share systems that are secure, reliable and scalable. For more information, visit www.bcycle.com.

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