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  • More People Pedal to Work in Bike-Share Cities

    by Kim Eckart-Washington for Futurity | May 20, 2020
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    "Bike-share systems can drive a population to commute by bike,"says Dafeng Xu. (Credit: Metro - Los Angeles/Flickr)

    Before the COVID-19 pandemic, bike commuting increased 20% in cities that introduced bike share systems, according to a new study.

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  • Let’s Ride It Out: Explore Bike Share is Here for the Long Run

    by Anton Mack for The Memphis Flyer | Apr 29, 2020
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    As I grow accustomed to the uncertainty of our current situation, I recognize and applaud the examples of long-term continuity in our culture.

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  • BCycle Launches Electric Assist Bike Share Bike on Heels of Company’s 10-year Anniversary

    by BCycle | Nov 12, 2018
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    Waterloo, Wisconsin – Nov. 8, 2018 – Building on a 10-year tradition of experience and innovation, BCycle proudly introduces the bike share industry’s newest and most innovative electric bike – the BCycle Electric.

    Starting this week, BCycle will pilot the new electric bike in six locations this fall and winter to include programs in Austin, Texas, Broward County, Florida, Cincinnati, Ohio, Madison, Wisconsin, Los Angeles, California, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    The new electric bike differentiates BCycle with the following best-in-class features:

    • Bosch motor and display
    • Shimano 3-speed internal hub
    • Seamless integration into existing BCycle stations

     

    BCycle was founded in 2008 and remains the only continuously operating U.S. bike share provider during the past decade. It has grown from launching the first system in Denver in 2010 with 300 first-generation bikes to now with more than 15,000 bikes across the United States – from first-generation bikes to smart bikes to the latest introduction of electric bikes.

    “The first 10 years are just the beginning,” said Morgan Ramaker, BCycle’s new Executive Director. “BCycle continues to grow and lead – thanks to proven experience and success, innovative and best-in-class products, and superior customer service. We’ve always believed in the power of the bicycle to change the world – the BCycle Electric powers up those possibilities even more.”

    The electric bike is the latest in a string of innovations from BCycle in the past decade, including:

    • Partnering with community stakeholders in programs ranging from small to large, private to public
    • Classic systems with smart stations
    • Smart bike with turn-by-turn navigation
    • Mobile app checkout
    • Transit and student integration

     

    BCycle riders have taken more than 17 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.

    ABOUT BCYCLE Headquartered in Waterloo, Wisconsin, BCycle develops and delivers best-in-class bike share systems 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. The company does 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 any public transportation network. For more information, visit www.bcycle.com.

  • BCycle Becomes First Bike Share Provider to Offer Turn-by-Turn Directions

    by Marina Marich | Sep 05, 2018

    Feature available on all BCycle Dash advanced smart bikes

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    WATERLOO, WISCONSIN – Sept. 5, 2018 BCycle Dash smart bikes just got even smarter. On the heels of a four-city launch of Dash, BCycle has introduced the advanced smart bike’s latest feature: turn-by-turn directions that guide riders to their destinations via city-designated bike routes.

     

    BCycle’s turn-by-turn directions offer both clear, easy-to-read instructions on the heads-up display, and audible directions to the rider on a moving bicycle. Today, BCycle becomes the first bike share provider to offer this feature.

     

    “Launching turn-by-turn directions is further evidence of BCycle’s commitment to developing and delivering best-in-class bike share systems,” said BCycle President Bob Burns. “We’re looking forward to having more cities add BCycle Dash to their systems to make the turn-by-turn directions available to even more people.”

     

    Currently, riders in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Memphis, Tennessee; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Tulsa, Oklahoma, have access to the turn-by-turn directions with more cities being added.

     

    Here’s how it works. Checkout any Dash bike using the BCycle app and tap the "Where to?" button. Follow the prompts to select your route. Store your phone and follow the heads up, on-screen directions on the smart bike.  

     

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

     

    BCycle worked with Mapbox to create turn by turn directions for Dash. "Mapbox is helping BCycle to offer consumers the next generation of smart shared bicycles with connected turn-by-turn navigation for increased convenience and safety,” said Jay Cox-Chapman, Navigation Product Lead, Mapbox. “BCycle has also partnered with Mapbox to extend Mapbox’s Navigation SDK and plans to open-source these changes in the near future. We are excited to be part of BCycle's industry-leading navigation experience."

     

    BCycle currently has more than 15,000 bikes on the ground and riders have taken over 16 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.

  • New Bike Share System for Tulsa

    by Daniel Sperle | Jul 31, 2018


    Cutting-Edge Smart Bikes to Launch in Arts District


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    TULSA, OKLAHOMA - Tulsa will be one of the first communities in the U.S. to have a dockless smart bike system. Tulsa Bike Share will launch This Machine, bringing 75 bikes and 5 stations to the Arts District, with plans to expand to more neighborhoods soon. 

    “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.”

    This Machine will be one of only four systems in the U.S. to launch with BCycle Dash, a new smart bike technology with an integrated touch screen display developed by Trek Bicycles. While requiring higher capital investments, smart bikes forgo a traditional, dock-based system that allows for more flexible travel.

    The launch, which represents more than two years of planning by the City of Tulsa and INCOG, will be announced at Saint Francis Tulsa Tough, in partnership with Tulsa Bike Share’s 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, William K. Warren Foundation President.  “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.”

    TulsaLaunch-2This Machine’s system will expand to Blue Dome, East Village, Greenwood, OSU-Tulsa, Deco District, Cathedral District, and Route 66/University of Tulsa, with 160 bikes and 25 stations in the following weeks. Additional expansions are anticipated in 2019 and 2020.

    Users can access the bikes from the BCycle mobile application on any smartphone. Rides will be free for the first week; after that, 30-minute single ride passes will cost $2 per trip. A three-day pass will also be available, along with monthly, annual, and founding memberships. Membership includes access to other B-Cycle systems across the country.

    Bike share systems are 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. 

    This Machine will play an important role in the City’s transportation network, which in recent years has been at the forefront of development and planning by INCOG. “INCOG understands the importance of creating a transportation network that includes all forms of mode share -- bicycle, pedestrian, bus and automobile,” said Jane Ziegler, Transportation Planner for INCOG. “INCOG, with the input of 11 regional cities, including Tulsa, have created a regional bicycle/pedestrian master plan that will safely connect Tulsa’s surrounding suburbs to its business and entertainment districts.”

    With its smart bike system, Tulsa joins Memphis, Colorado Springs, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in offering this new cutting-edge technology.

    We are thrilled to finally be launching This Machine’s first 75 bikes,” said Daniel Sperle, Executive Director of Tulsa Bike Share.  “Volunteers have spent countless hours building bikes, placing decals, and serving as ambassadors for the program. We are proud to launch a bike share program that is on the cutting edge of bike share technology that will transform how visitors and residents experience Tulsa.”

    More information on This Machine can be found online at: thismachine.bcycle.com

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    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, with a mission  to provide a safe, equitable, alternative transportation option to Tulsa residents and visitors. The name “This Machine” is a nod to Tulsa’s rich pop culture history.

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