AUSTIN (KXAN) — Electrical bike rental firm Austin BCycle is rebranding as MetroBike beneath a brand new partnership between the Metropolis of Austin and Capital Metro, in line with a press launch despatched Thursday.
The rebranding will combine the Austin BCycle app with the present CapMetro app to enhance transit and help the sustainability and affordability-based Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, the press launch mentioned. Enhancements will embrace rising the variety of bikes and stations in addition to making the bikes absolutely electrical.
“We’ve taken many steps this 12 months 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,” mentioned Austin Transportation director Rob Spillar within the press launch. “The MetroBike expanded fleet and choices enhance mobility for all.”
Bike utilization has elevated with the pandemic and much more so with electrical bikes, in line with the press launch. Over 200 electrical bikes are presently being loaned to Austin to display the elevated want for them.
Downtown Austin enterprise leaders have mentioned improved transit plans like Project Connect and its underground subways are important, as there are practically 100,000 staff who commute by way of the world daily as of earlier this month.