HOUSTON — On May 10th, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., Houston Bike Share will celebrate four new Houston BCycle stations with a ribbon cutting at the new Lost Lake Station at Dunlavy and Allen Parkway with Council Member Karla Cisneros, City of Houston's Planning & Development Department, and Friends of Woodland Park. Following the ribbon cutting, a poolside luau reception will be held at The Villas at River Oaks apartment complex, juts steps away from the Lost Lake station. The four new BCycle stations are located at Guadalupe Plaza Park, Woodland Park, Main & Wichita and Lost Lake. This celebration comes just as the Houston BCycle program reaches its 5th birthday. BCycle first came to Houston in May 2012 and has grown to a network of 38 stations with 300 bikes available for short-term rentals. In 2016, 113,252 trips were taken on Houston BCycles. So far in 2017, 53,822 trips have been taken on Houston BCycle, a 33% increase over last year.
These four new stations come at the start of a major expansion of the Houston BCycle network, funded by a Federal Highway Administration grant, sponsored by the City’s Planning and Development Department. Houston Bike Share is responsible for $880,000 in local match funding. The new Main & Wichita station match funding was provided by the Texas Medical Center, Guadalupe Plaza Park was funded by Council Member Karla Cisneros, Woodland Park funding came from The Friends of Woodland Park, and after a tremendous amount of bike share use around Buffalo Bayou Park, Houston Bike Share is providing the funding for the new 22 dock Lost Lake Station, offering more bikes with access to the park.
Carter Stern, executive director of Houston Bike Share, commented on the expansion, “This is the first big chunk of stations we’re adding as part of our expansion and our plan is to add four to six new stations each month through end of year. We are especially thankful for the funding provided by Texas Medical Center, Council Member Cisneros and Friends of Woodland Park, and appreciate the critical support from the City Planning and Development Department with the implementation our plans. Houston Bike Share is excited to bring BCycle to more neighborhoods in Houston and to continue to grow our network and our ridership.”
Join Houston BCycle for the Lost Lake Luau ribbon cutting and celebration May 10th at 6:30pm! More event information here.