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Austin B-cycle hits the million mark

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by Katy McElroy

Area bike-share riders have taken 1 million trips on Austin B-cycle bikes, announced the company in a press release on Monday. Austin B-cycle is partnering with the Trail Foundation to celebrate with a social ride and afternoon party at Hops & Grain Brewery this Saturday, Aug. 18. In addition, this week the company is adding 13 new stations. The expansion, which is part of a Transportation Alternatives Program grant from the federal government, will grow the current system from 63 to 76 stations. B-cycle launched in December 2013 with 11 stations, and after this expansion the company will have over six times as many bikes on the road as it did when it started. “For the last four and a half years, Austin B-cycle has provided a fast, fun way to navigate downtown, avoiding traffic and making our community healthier,” said Elliott McFadden, Austin B-cycle’s executive director, in the release. “We are in awe of the community support and popularity of our program that has allowed us to hit 1 million trips!” Saturday’s free social ride will depart from Hops & Grain at 11 a.m., with bikes provided for all who want to participate, and will showcase three brand-new B-stations. Following the ride, from noon to 3 p.m., there will be live bluegrass music at the brewery. B-cycle and Trail Foundation members get their first beer for free, and new members to join the bike-sharing service get their first month free.

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