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.
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.
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.