San Antonio B-cycle

On top the Hayes Street bridge

I tried out the new San Antonio B-cycle program on Sunday afternoon.  Under the “early adopter” program you can join for $25 per year and then check out a bike from 14 stations downtown.  The first 30 minutes is free and then it is $2 for each additional 30 minutes. 

View of the Ellis Alley kiosk from the 13th floor of the Vidorra

Sunday I checked out a bike in front of the Vidorra condominiums near St. Paul Square (Ellis Alley on the B-cycle map).   I took one 30-minute ride to the San Antonio Art Museum with a side trip up to the top of the Hayes Street pedestrian bridge.  After walking through the museum and getting a drink of water I checked out a bike and rode to the Alamo.  Then realizing my 30 minutes was almost up I hurried back to the Vidorra station. 

Pumped up bike rider ready to hit the road

The bikes are very sturdy and easy to ride.  The front basket was the perfect size for my camera bag.  The 30 minute time period suits my biking attention span.  It helps if you can ride and talk since all along my route people asked me how the bike share program worked.  Several people expressed amazement that San Antonio was on the cutting edge of something involving bicycles. 

You can log onto your B-cycle account on the website and see how many miles you have ridden.  My two 30-minute rides totaled eight mile and 324 calories which was exciting.  I’m sure I will fall off the “leaderboard” quickly but for now I rank #6 in the city for most miles ridden.  And yes, there’s an app for that:  If you have an iPhone, there’s a b-share app that allows you to see where the kiosks are are in town, and how many bikes are available right now at any given station.  This my friends is the future of urban commuting, and we are the first city in Texas to get the program!

B-share bikes in front of that famous downtown landmark

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2 responses to “San Antonio B-cycle

  1. For a loft-dweller with no room for a bike, this is fantastic. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

  2. This looks great! I’m a little scared of the traffic but it looks like you can find a bike path that isn’t too hard. Fred & Marielies will definately want to do this next January. Mom

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