Summary

Bike sharing will help ease Austin’s traffic congestion and aid in closing “first and last mile” transit gaps in the bus and rail systems. It will help the user stay healthy and decrease pollutants in the air by reducing the amount of single-occupant motor vehicle commutes. You will be able to pick up a bike from one location and ride to another location. Bike sharing is perfect for locals, tourists and commuters.

What is it?

Austin's Bike Share Program will have approximately 40 stations, 400 bikes, and 600 docks. The first two phases of bike share kiosks will be placed in the vicinity of downtown Austin only, an area generally bordered by Mopac, Martin Luther King, Pleasant Valley and Oltorf. Afterward, service could expand to other parts of town.

  • By December 21, 2013: 11 stations and 110 bicycles will be in operation
  • Spring 2014: The remainder of the system will be in operation

Managing partner:

Austin B-cycle will manage the day-to-day operations of the system. Their team will maintain the bikes, move bikes among stations as they move around the city, handle marketing and secure station sponsorships.

Bicycle kiosk locations:

Funding

Austin was awarded a $1.5 million grant in the summer of 2012. Local non-profit, Austin B-cycle, will provide $500,000 in matching funds. This means bike sharing will be delivered to the citizens of Austin at cost-neutral.

Application

In July, we set up the website www.votebikeshareaustin.com. This site allowed participants to tell us where they'd like to see a bike share station and their color preference for the bikes. (The votes were tallied and the bikes will be red!) The site closed for suggestions on September 1st, 2013, but you can still view the archived information and browse the thousands of votes we gathered.