MULTIPLYING HOUSTON’S RENT-A-BIKE FLEET Yesterday, reports abc13, the city added to the original 3 B-Cycle kiosks 18 more, bringing the fleet of pay-to-play bikes to 175. Thus far, most of the rental racks are clustered Downtown — including the one shown here at the Tellepsen Family YMCA on Pease St. — but the expansion, funded wth $750,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield, also added racks to Hermann Park and the Westheimer restaurant row near Blacksmith and Underbelly. And even more are planned, says abc13, for the East End, the Med Center, and unnamed universities. (You can mess around with an interactive map of B-Cycle locations here and here.) [abc13; Houston Chronicle; B-Cycle; previously on Swamplot] Photo: Allyn West
This past weekend all of the bikes at Underbelly were being used. I was a bit skeptical that Houston would flock to these, but at least on nice days they look to be a great success!
Saw quite a few being used for last Friday’s Critical Mass.
I saw people using them @ Market Sq rack when I was at La Crafe last Sat.
Midtown location seemed all used as well.
I had seen these in Boston last year and was skeptical they’d be utilized in Houston.
The Hermann Park ones sound like a great idea. My SO wants to ride a bike in a pretty place every now and then, and doesn’t want to buy a bike.
They recently put one up by the Black Lab (Montrose and Richmond), very near where I live. I have seen several people using them over the past few glorious weekends.
I just hope that if they are being used by tourists, they are aware that the native cars are not friendly.
My wife and I used the one on the Sabine Street Bridge last weekend and it was a lot of fun. The 2 we rented were the only ones being used though.
Oh, what’s this? Bikes being offered for rent and actually being used? I’ve heard others say that would be just a do-gooder hipster fairy tale. They were so smart.
Jerry, I guess you missed the comment before yours. haha