The Metropolis of Austin and Capital Metro have partnered to revamp the Austin BCycle bike-share program. It’s now known as MetroBike, an indication of integration into the Capital Metro transit system.
The partnership guarantees extra electrical bikes and stations, in addition to an enlargement of this system past Austin’s city core.
“This partnership with the Metropolis of Austin and Austin BCycle is a key asset for our group and an awesome assist for broader transportation and mobility choices that work nicely collectively,” Sharmila Mukherjee, Capital Metro’s government vp of planning and improvement, mentioned in an announcement. “With bicycle ridership growing throughout the nation, the collaboration couldn’t come at a greater time.”
Riders are actually capable of pay to make use of the bikes by means of the Cap Metro app, the place they’ll additionally buy joint passes for MetroBike and bus and rail service.
This system presently has about 500 common bikes and 200 e-bikes. The e-bikes have confirmed fairly well-liked, serving to this system rebound to pre-pandemic ranges quicker than anticipated. They’re additionally used greater than the common bikes. Capital Metro has utilized for a federal grant that may assist fund a full conversion of the fleet to e-bikes.
The partnership can be an indication of continued coordination between the Metropolis of Austin and Capital Metro on transportation coverage and infrastructure enhancements.
“We’ve taken many steps this yr to create a greater lively transportation community within the metropolis – from implementing protected bike lanes on Webberville Highway to increasing bike and scooter parking downtown,” Austin Transportation Director Rob Spillar mentioned in an announcement. “The MetroBike expanded fleet and choices enhance mobility for all.”
The nonprofit Bikeshare of Austin continues to be part of this system, operating the every day operations of MetroBike. Cap Metro will oversee planning and program oversight, whereas the Metropolis of Austin will oversee different features like right-of-way administration.
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