Monday, March 18, 2013

B-Cycle Has Spread to 15 US Cities

Members of the B-Cycle bike-sharing program with an annual membership will now be able to rent bikes in 15 U.S. cities thanks to the 'B-connected' initiative. This is an expansion of a pilot program that started last Spring between Denver and Boulder in Colorado. Apparently it was successful because the participating cities now are:
  • Denver, CO
  • Boulder, CO
  • Madison, WI
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Spartanburg, SC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Omaha, NE
  • Nashville, TN
  • Kailua, HI
  • Broward County, FL.
  • Fort Worth, TX (launching Spring)
  • Salt Lake City, UT (launching Spring)
The process for annual members to connect to visiting cities is simple:
  1. Bring your B-card and credit card that is linked to your annual membership to another city that is part of the B-connected group.
  2. On your first visit to a station in that city, visit the kiosk and select “No” on the screen which asks if you would like to purchase 24-hour Access. Swipe your credit card associated with your account. Accept the user agreement for that city’s system.
  3. Voila! – You are ready to ride a B-cycle in that city!
  4. All subsequent checkouts in that city can be done using your B-card at the dock, just as you do in your home city.
  5. This process will need to be done the first time you visit a new B-connected city.
Here's a video that shows B-Cycle in action:

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