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  • City Council Approves Expansion of Houston BCycle

    by Jorge Bermudez | Aug 24,2016

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    DATE: August 24, 2016 1:33:26 PM CDT

    MAYOR TURNER ANNOUNCES MAJOR EXPANSION OF HOUSTON BIKE SHARE PROGRAM

    Houston’s bike share system, Houston BCycle, will more than triple in size over the next two years, adding 71 stations with 568 bikes. The expansion will be paid for with federal grant dollars.

    “The expansion of the BCycle system will bring bike sharing into new neighborhoods and to new users,” said Mayor Turner. “As I’ve said, we need a paradigm shift in transportation away from single-occupancy motor vehicles. Making cycling more accessible by building a strong bike sharing system is a critical component of that change.”

    The City’s Planning and Development Department sponsored an application for a grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The grant will reimburse the City for $3.5 million of the cost of expanding the system. Houston Bike Share, a local nonprofit that administers Houston BCycle, will provide the remaining $880,000.

    Currently, the system has 31 stations with 225 bikes. The expansion will bring the total to 102 stations and 793 bikes. The grant will also pay for two new transportation vehicles.

    Houston BCycle is a membership-driven bike share system.  Memberships are available by day, week or year.  All members have unlimited access to the bikes for up to 60 minutes per trip.  There is a charge of $2 for every additional half hour.

    The expansion brings bike sharing into the Texas Medical Center with 14 stations and 107 bikes. The new stations will also serve Houston’s students, with 21 new stations and 248 bikes at the University of Houston Main Campus, Texas Southern University, UH-Downtown and Rice University.

    Since January 1, cyclists have made 73,577 trips and traveled 508,044 miles.  Houston Bike Share CEO Carter Stern estimates Houstonians are on track to exceed 100,000 trips by the end of 2016.

    “We could not be more grateful for the Mayor and City Council’s unflagging support of the Houston BCycle program and our efforts to expand the program,” Stern said. “The expansion approved today will allow us to build on the immense success that Bcycle has had in just 4 short years and bring this affordable, healthy, sustainable mobility option to more Houstonians than ever before.”

    When people bike instead of drive, they dramatically decrease their carbon footprint. In 2015, BCycle users offset 576,082 pounds of carbon by riding bikes instead of driving. That’s an equivalent gasoline reduction of 29,000 gallons.

    BCycle users also burned 24,245,544 calories in 2015, the equivalent of about 5,400 gallons of ice cream or 81,000 cheeseburgers.

    “Increasing access to bikes provides Houstonians with a sustainable, environmentally-friendly mode of transportation that also improves public health,” Mayor Turner said. “These grant funds provide a way to expand access while minimally affecting the City’s budget.”

    Statistics on Bcycle Usage in Houston

    Since 2012
    300,862 Trips
    1,814,028 Miles Traveled
    1,719,147 Pounds of Carbon Offset
    72,324,567 Calories Burned

    In 2015 alone
    98,338 Trips
    608,345 Miles Traveled
    576,082 Pounds of Carbon Offset
    24,245,544 Calories Burned

    Since January 1, 2016
    73,577 Trips
    508,044 Miles Traveled
    481,272 Pounds of Carbon Offset
    20,256,294 Calories Burned


    Contact:

    Janice Evans
    Communications Director
    Janice.Evans@houstontx.gov
    Office: 832.393.0800 
    Mobile: 713.376.0525

    Darian Ward
    Press Secretary
    Darian.Ward@houstontx.gov
    Office: 832.393.0804 
    Mobile: 713.834.7127

  • Houston Bike Share Expands to Memorial District

    by Jorge Bermudez | Aug 23,2016
    Bike
    Houston, TX (August 18, 2016)
    – Residents and visitors of the Memorial Management District will soon have a new, convenient and healthy transportation option. Houston Bike Share will install its first station in the Memorial District on Tuesday, August 23. The official ribbon-cutting event will occur on Tuesday, August 30th.  Media are invited to attend.

    Houston Bike Share’s Pearl CityCentre Station is funded by the Memorial Management District. The Pearl Station is the first step towards a larger expansion within the District over the coming years. Bike sharing will serve to connect residents and visitors to its thriving business and entertainment venues in CityCentre.

    Pat Walters, Executive Director, states, “The Memorial Management District is so pleased to work with Bike Share and businesses in our District to install up to 13 bike stations within our boundaries in the next 4 years. The District is committed to encourage biking opportunities, and we appreciate Pearl CityCentre allowing us to install the District’s first funded bike station.

    The new station will mark Houston Bike Share’s 33rd station and will include 7 docks and 7 bikes. Aside from the new station, HBS will begin the first phase of its expansion project with 25 stations coming by the end of 2016.

    “Thanks to the District’s leadership, Houstonians who live, work, and play in CityCentre will have access to a first class bike share program,” Said Carter Stern, Executive Director of Houston Bike Share. “We are enthusiastic about our partnership with the Memorial Management District and look forward to working with them going forward to increase B-Cycle’s presence in the District”


    About Houston Bike Share
    Houston Bcycle is a bike share program in Houston Texas that is operated by Houston Bike Share; a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit whose mission is to implement, operate and expand a bike-sharing program, supported by the community, that offers residents, commuters and visitors a choice of ecological and economical transport, ideal for short trips and resulting in fewer vehicle miles traveled, less pollution and congestion, better mobility and more personal health and wellness. For more information about Houston B-cycle, visit houston.bcycle.com or contact info@houstonbikeshare.org.

    About The Memorial Management District
    The Memorial Management District is its own oasis located within a major metropolitan city. It includes the revitalized Memorial City Mall; the highly-regarded Town & Country Village shopping center; the Village Plaza at Bunker Hill shopping center; the expanding Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital, one of Houston’s premier mixed-use centers; CityCentre; and the Houston Community College Spring Branch campus.  The Memorial Management District encompasses approximately 850 gross acres of land between Bunker Hill Road and the West Sam Houston Toll Road – north and south of the newly expanded Interstate 10, the Katy Freeway. For more information, visit http://www.memorialdistrict.org/.


  • Cyclist Will Complete the 2016 BP MS 150 on a “Bcycle”

    by Jorge Bermudez | Mar 30,2016
    B-cycle

    HOUSTON – March 30, 2016 – Houston Bcycle staff member, Doogie Roux, will join the Clean Line Energy Team for the 2016 BP MS 150. He will complete the ride from Houston to Austin riding a bicycle from the Houston Bcycle fleet. The fundraising ride is organized by the National MS Society and will take place on April 16th – 17th.

    “I’m looking forward to completing the ride on a bike that’s not traditionally used during a ride like this and see how I compare to other riders,” said Doogie Roux. “I personally know people with multiple sclerosis so I hope to bring more awareness and raise money by doing something that I’m passionate about.”

    The BP MS 150 is the largest event of its kind in North America where over 10,000 cyclist ride for two days and finish at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas. The bike that Roux will use weighs more than 50 pounds; twice the weight of other bikes used for this type of event.

    “I am so proud of Doogie’s effort to support the MS 150, as well as his decision to ride one of our Bcycles,” said John Daly, Executive Director of Houston Bcycle “Doogie is not only bringing awareness to multiple sclerosis, but also the values of Houston B-Cycle; riding bikes brings benefits to our health, our environment and our community.”

    The fundraising ride has a minimum of $400 and Roux is currently looking for donations. Anyone interested in helping Roux achieve his goal can make a direct donation on his participant rider page, https://goo.gl/gK73IP

  • Houston Bike Share Adds New Station with Gift from Green Mountain Energy Sun Club

    by Jorge Bermudez | Mar 22,2016

    Residents, commuters and visitors in Houston will now have more choices for ecological and sustainable alternatives to get around, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club to Houston Bike Share’s B-Cycle program, which was used to install a new, solar-powered Houston B-cycle station and eight bikes located at Jackson Hill and Memorial Drive. Houston B-cycle and the Sun Club will celebrate the dedication of the new station during a special ribbon-cutting event on Tuesday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m. Media are invited to attend.

    Houston B-cycle is a next-generation bike-sharing program offering an easy way to get around Houston with zero emissions. It is the only bike sharing program that measures the actual distance traveled on each ride and tracks calories burned and carbon emission prevented. The new station added eight available bikes to the city and helped expand the total system to 31 stations (13 of which are solar-powered).

    "The Sun Club loves working with unique non-profits that are dedicated to their communities and sustainability,” said Mark Parsons, vice president and general manager, Green Mountain Energy Company. “We chose Houston Bike Share for its commitment to cleaner air and better health and wellness for its users in and around the city of Houston.”

    “We are thankful to the Sun Club for this donation, and for helping us expand our bike share system,” said William Rub, operations manager for Houston Bike Share. “The new station allows us to better serve the city of Houston and protect our environment.”

    Since its founding in 2002, the Sun Club has donated more than $4 million to sustainable programs focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency and resource conservation in numerous Texas communities and markets in the Northeast. Contributions to the Sun Club come from Green Mountain Energy’s residential customers in Texas, Green Mountain Energy Company, its employees and other Sun Club supporters who believe in the program’s mission to support local non-profit organizations through solar and sustainability projects. 

    Green Mountain Energy Sun Club
    The Sun Club donates solar power and sustainability projects to other non-profits using contributions from Green Mountain Energy Company, its residential customers and employees, and donors from around the country. Since the program’s founding in 2002, the Sun Club has donated more than $3.8 million to help install over 900 kilowatts of solar power, which has the potential to avoid more than 1.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year. That’s like planting 175 trees every year.

    Green Mountain Energy Company
    Green Mountain is the nation’s longest-serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. The company was founded in 1997 with the mission to “change the way power is made.” Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products and sustainable solutions for businesses. One of Green Mountain’s largest customers is the “world’s most famous office building,” the Empire State Building in New York City. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid more than 44.2 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

     
  • Two New Stations!

    by Jorge Bermudez | Dec 11,2015

    Houston Bcycle is happy to announce the opening of two new stations! Our two new stations are called Brazos & McGowen and Jackson Hill & Memorial Drive. We would like to thank the Midtown Management District and The Green Mountain Energy Sun Club for the sponsorship. 


    Brazos & McGowen


    Jackson Hill


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