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B-cycle set for bigger year at SXSW
The operators of Austin B-cycle are planning for a bigger year at 2015’s South by Southwest. In 2014, Austin B-cycle recorded over 17,000 customer trips during SXSW and set a national bike-share record for the most checkouts per bike in a single day. This year, the group will be the official SXcycles program sponsored by Paramount’s Interstellar. There will be 46 B-cycle stations in operation, including a special station at the South Bites food court at Rainey and Driskell streets. Austin B-cycle will be offering a limited number of complimentary 24-hour B-cycle access passes for SXSW badge holders at the South Bites station. To handle the increased demand, there will be 100 more bikes in circulation than last year, and Austin B-cycle will staff the busiest stations to accept and make more bikes available. B-cycle officials say 24-hour access passes will be available at any station for $8 per pass. Seven-day access is available online at AustinBcycle.com for $25. You can find stations and real-time bike availability by downloading the free RideScout app.
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