B-cycle to expand in Austin

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Austin’s B-cycle bike share program is growing. Thursday city council voted to expand the services.

Council members approved a new five-year contract with B-cycle for $805,033.

One B-cycle kiosk with bikes can cost up to $35,000 and Thursday’s expansion means 18 more stations and 125 additional bikes will be installed around the city.

The bike share program has been in Austin for almost three years. A little over a year ago the company applied for a federal grant to get more bike stations to meet the high demand.

That $644,027 grant covered 80 percent of this expansion, the rest, Nicholas Olivier with B-cycle said is from local private sponsorships.

Currently the bikes can be found mostly downtown, but the company now plans to expand its service area.

“We will be looking to fill in gaps within our existing service area and potentially also go into newer neighborhoods such as along Lakeshore Drive or Clarksville and some more of east Austin,” Olivier said.

Olivier said the company is on track to have 200,000 trips this year, a ten percent increase from 2015.

The 18 new kiosks will be installed over the next year and a half.

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