B-Cycle Program May Triple in Size

By | August 18, 2015
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Houston’s popular B-Cycle bike sharing service may be expanding soon, according to a story by the Houston Chronicle’s Dug Begley. The non-profit program has submitted a $4.4 million grant proposal to expand the number of stations to 100 over three years and triple the number of available bicycles. Since debuting in 2013 with just three stations, the program has grown exponentially, thanks largely to a sponsorship deal with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. Houston currently has 29 B-Cycle stations, most of them clustered around Downtown and Montrose but also extending north to the Heights and south to the Third Ward. For the first seven months of 2015 there were around 60,000 bike checkouts, a 20 percent increase from the same period last year. 

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