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  • Rider Profile: Dr. Melanie Johnson

    by Christin Dietze | Jul 21,2017

    Dr. Melanie Johnson has been a cyclist for many years. When she worked as the Director of Education for Space Center Houston, she lived in the suburbs and recalls bringing her teenage sons into town on Sunday evenings to “ride the trails of the city.” They would load up their own bikes and haul them to town every trip until she came across the BCycle station at Sabine Bridge. From that point on, renting BCycles became part of their regular Sunday routine. They started exploring the Buffalo Bayou Park trails then changed their route, eventually covering The Museum District, Rice Village and Downtown Houston, all on a BCycle. 

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    Two years ago, when Dr. Johnson was appointed as president and CEO of The Health Museum, she and her family moved into a condo in central Houston. With less storage space, they opted to get rid of their personal bikes and purchased memberships to Houston BCycle. One of her first goals at The Health Museum was to get a BCycle station added to the property and on Monday, July 24th a new 15 dock BCycle station will be installed outside their La Branch Street entrance.  When asked about the new Health Museum station, Dr. Johnson said, “To have a BCycle station here just makes sense! There are stations at Hermann Park and Museum of Fine Arts that are always very busy, so adding a location at the Health Museum along with the one going in at McGovern Centennial Gardens will better connect this area. Additionally, we want people to be able to bike to The Health Museum. We try our best to serve the community around us and make sure that it’s a healthy community, so adding a bike share option and continuing to improve our bike lanes and infrastructure through the Museum District just makes sense.”

    Dr. Melanie Johnson Health Museum

    If you’ve yet to visit the Health Museum, it is an interactive science center with a series of educational exhibits and experiences focused on health and the human body. One of the most popular exhibits allows you to ride a bike with a skeleton to see how your bones move as you pedal.  The BCycle station at The Health Museum marks the 7th station in the Museum District and the 45th BCycle station in Houston. 

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  • Bike Share for Houston Sports Fans

    by Matt Taylor | Jul 12,2017

     

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    Anyone in Houston knows how much we love our sports teams, but those who have been to a game have learned how hectic traffic and parking can be on the way to and from any of our local stadiums. With the rising success of our teams this year, games are getting more crowded and traffic is worse than ever. Luckily, you can find a Houston BCycle station close to almost every stadium in town! Check out our stations closest to where your favorite teams play and use bike share to get to and from the next big game.

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    Minute Maid Park

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    Any fan even loosely following baseball has heard about the Astros’ monster season. With 6 All-Stars and the best record in the MLB, the Astros routinely pack Minute Maid to the brim. Fortunately, you can find three BCycle stations surrounding Discovery Green, which is just a three-block walk from Minute Maid Park. The nearest of these three stations sits at 925 Crawford St. next to the Marriot Marquis.


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    Both the Dynamo and the Dash are at the height of their season during the summer. The Dynamo are high up in the Western Conference and the Dash are on the come-up with the return of Carli Lloyd. BBVA Compass Stadium sits right in the middle of East Downtown and subsequently right next to one of our stations. Located at 736 St Emanuel St, there is a BCycle station less than a block from the stadium down Rusk Street.


    Toyota Center

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    While the Rockets are currently in their off-season, you can expect the Toyota Center to be bustling come October. The Rockets recently made some huge trades and the new roster is looking incredible. An easy way to get to and from a game this fall is on a Houston BCycle. Our nearest station is just one block away from the Toyota Center at 1177 Crawford St.


    NRG Stadium

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    Sadly we do not currently have any stations near the home to our Texans. We do, however, have 11 different stations near the METRORail lines that can take you right to NRG Stadium. As our expansion continues, we will have new stations popping up closer to the stadium and more METRORail lines. BCycles are an easy and healthy way to catch all of Houston’s sports event.

  • Houston BCycle Keeps Growing!

    by Christin Dietze | Jun 30,2017


    We're halfway through 2017 and it’s been the busiest year yet for Houston BCycle! This month alone, we installed five new stations at Emancipation Park, Jury Assembly, Moody Park, Baldwin Park and Navigation Esplanade. With these five new stations also came new bikes, making our current count 330 bikes at 43 stations across Houston. So far in 2017 Houston BCycle riders have completed 77,183 trips, a 40% increase in trips over the same time period last year! We’ve also seen a big boost in users, with a 52% increase over 2016.

    Jury Assembly BCycle StationRibbon Cutting Ceremony for Jury Assembly BCycle Station

    Navigation Esplanade BCycle StationNavigation Esplanade BCycle Station Installed on June 29th, 2017

    Before the five stations installed this June, we added stations at Crawford Island, Lost Lake, Woodland Park, Guadalupe Plaza Park and Main & Wichita. We are now 10 stations into our expansion, and will eventually complete all 71 new stations and 600+ bikes, tripling the size of our bike share network. This growth comes after The City’s Planning and Development Department sponsored an Houston-Galveston Area Council grant from the Federal Highway Administration, covering $3.5 million of the cost of expanding the system. Houston Bike Share, the local nonprofit that operates the Houston BCycle program, is responsible for a 20% match on all expansion costs and have been fortunate to work with several great local funding partners for the match on new stations. These partners include Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Council Member Karla Cisneros, Houston First, Midtown Management District, Friends of Woodland Park, Downtown District, and Texas Medical Center. 

    Crawford Island BCycle StationCrawford Island BCycle Station Installed on January 23rd, 2017

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    Lost Lake Luau Celebration for Lost Lake, Guadalupe Plaza Park, Woodland Park and Main & Wichita BCycle Stations

    Next month, we’ll continue to grow with stations going in at the Health Museum, Washington & TC Jester and Gateway on Cullen. In August, we anticipate the installation of 8 stations on the Rice University Campus as well as stations at Hermann Park’s McGovern Centennial Gardens and HCC Central Campus.

    June 30th Houston BCycle MapHouston BCycle Station Map as of June 30th, 2017

    As we continue to grow the program, we want to hear from YOU, our riders! Please share your ideas and feedback with us at info@houstonbikeshare.org and let us know of potential station locations that would improve our network and your experience.

     

  • New BCycle Stations at Jury Assembly and Emancipation Park

    by Christin Dietze | Jun 12,2017

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Houston Bike Share and Commissioner Rodney Ellis Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies to Celebrate New Houston BCycle Stations

    HOUSTON — On June 19th, 2017, Houston Bike Share, Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee are hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Jury Assembly Houston BCycle station at 10:00am, followed by a second ribbon cutting at Emancipation Park at 11:50am, as part of the Juneteenth Celebration! Commissioner Ellis will be recognized for funding both of these new stations.

    “I am pleased to help establish these two new bike-share stations, including one that will serve the historic Emancipation Park community in the Third Ward. In this ever-expanding region, it is important to encourage cycling for recreation and transportation, particularly in underserved areas.” – Commissioner Rodney Ellis

    Located at 1202 Franklin Street, the new Jury Assembly BCycle station will provide easy access to all four courthouses surrounding the Harris County Jury Assembly area. This 21-dock station will be the 15th BCycle station in Downtown Houston.

    Since 1872, Emancipation Park has served as a community meeting place for residents of the Third Ward and all African-Americans in Houston. For the last decade, efforts to revitalize the park have been in the works and it is now re-opening as a modern community center with several new amenities, including a playground, performance hall, improved swimming center and a Houston BCycle station.

    About the Expansion

    The City of Houston’s Planning & Development Department sponsored an application for a grant from the Federal Highway Administration to fund the expansion of Houston BCycle.  This funding will more than triple in size the operation over the next two years, adding 71 stations with 568 new bikes.  The grant will reimburse the City for $3.5 million of the cost of expanding the system.  Houston Bike Share will provide the $880,000 in local match funding.  The Planning & Development Department and Houston Bike Share are jointly responsible for the implementation of the expansion.


    For interview access and additional information surrounding the June 19th ribbon-cutting events, new stations and Houston BCycle, please contact Christin Dietze at (361) 935-7601. For images and assets, please visit our Digital Press Kit.

     
  • Tour Buffalo Bayou on a BCycle

    by Christin Dietze | May 17,2017

    Four of Houston BCycle's busiest stations surround Buffalo Bayou Park, the 160-acre green space with hike and bike trails in the shadows of the Houston skyline. With several public art pieces, beautiful native wildflowers, and waterfront bike trails, Buffalo Bayou Park is a wonderful space to explore on two wheels. Check out a BCycle from Sabine Bridge, Lost Lake, Jackson Hill or Spotts Park and enjoy a 5 mile loop around the Shepherd to Sabine stretch of Buffalo Bayou. You can even take a DIY Bike Tour now that Buffalo Bayou Partnership has rolled out a free mobile app with a guide to the park and audio tours along the way. 

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    In a partnership with Houston Public Media, BBP's audio tours provide information on the park as well as Houston history and fun facts at several stops along the bayou. In less than an hour you can cover all the stops along the way, or if you'd like to break your trip up, just dock your BCycle at the brand new Lost Lake station and grab a snack or drink at The Kitchen at The Dunlavy

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    Things you will see along the way:


    WorthamFountain

    The Gus S. Wortham Memorial Fountain, created in 1978, is the work of Houston architect and long-time Rice University professor William T. Cannady. Inspired by a similar fountain in Australia, it consists of a central bronze shaft sprouting multiple bronze sprinkler pipes coated in lacquer which create a dandelion-like spherical spray of water. (Source http://www.houstontx.gov/)

    PoliceMemorial

    The Houston Police Officer Memorial is a public recognition of the sacrifices made by police officers as they carry out their duties and, in particular, those who have died in the line of duty. It is the location for an annual procession and wreath-laying ceremony honoring them. It is laid out in the form of a 120’ by 120’ Greek cross with a stepped pyramid in the middle. A reflecting pool is surrounded by pink granite slabs incised with the names of over one hundred fallen police officers. (Source http://www.houstontx.gov/)

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    “The Waugh Bridge Bat Colony” consists of 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats that emerge nightly to stretch their wings and feed on area insects. Unlike other Texas bat colonies that opt for warmer climates by migrating southward during winter months, The Waugh Bridge Bat Colony remains in Houston throughout the year. This is the second largest bat colony in Texas, behind Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge Colony. (Source http://www.houstontx.gov/)

    ToleranceStatues

    Created by internationally-renowned Spanish sculptorJaume Plensa, “Tolerance” is a grouping of sculptures sited in Buffalo Bayou Park at the intersection of Allen Parkway and Montrose Boulevard. The seven human figures represent the seven continents, and are made of silvery aluminum. Their framework consists of alphabetic symbols from languages around the world, reflecting the artist’s belief that, whatever culture we live in and whichever language we think in, our lives are similar. At night, the sculptures are lit from within. They rest on rough-cut granite pedestals that were brought in from the artist's home country, Spain. (Source http://www.houstontx.gov/)


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    Jackson Hill Pedestrian Bridge connects the Jackson Hill BCycle Station with Buffalo Bayou Park

    On top of these you'll pass by Eleanor Tinsley Garden, Tapley Tributary and Lost Lake on the Shepherd to Sabine stretch of Buffalo Bayou Park. Venture further east into downtown and discover more along the bike paths that run all the way to Allen's Landing, the original port of Houston. In the next several years, Buffalo Bayou Partnership will add even more hike and bike trails, connecting all the way to the Port of Houston Turning Basin. This will create 20 miles of connected bike paths for cyclists to enjoy, and we'll be installing more BCycle stations along the way.




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