MAP: Austin B-cycle plans another expansion for July

MAP: Austin B-cycle plans another expansion for July Austin B-cycle Interim Operations Manager Mike Kimbro assembles bicycles slated for the new stations.[/caption]

Eighteen new Austin B-cycle stations will come online in the next 18 months.

The first three bike-sharing stations—located at the intersections of Cesar Chavez Street and Congress Avenue, Sterzing Street and Barton Springs Road and Henderon Street between Sixth and Ninth streets—will be installed in early July, according to Nick Olivier, Austin B-cycle special projects manager.

New stations include several in East Austin around South Lakeshore Boulevard, in downtown Austin and around MoPac on Lake Austin Boulevard and West Fifth Street.

The current system has 51 stations and 380 bikes. This is the organization's third major expansion since it launched in 2013, Olivier said.
"Eventually, we hope to fulfill the vision the city of Austin Master Bicycle Plan, which calls for 300 B-cycle stations located throughout the city," he said.

The expansion is funded mostly through a $1 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration's Transportation Alternatives Program, with 21 percent of the funding coming from station sponsors such as GSD&M, an advertising agency headquartered in Austin.

Austin B-cycle has logged more than 600,000 rides since its 2013 inception.
By Marie Albiges
Marie Albiges was the editor for the San Marcos, Buda and Kyle edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covered San Marcos City Council, San Marcos CISD and Hays County Commissioners Court. Marie previously reported for the Central Austin edition. Marie moved to Austin from Williamsburg, Va. in 2016 and was born in France. She has since moved on from Community Impact in May 2018.


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