DATE: December 16, 2011
Broward Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs and Commissioners Chip LaMarca and Sue Gunzburger kick-off B-cycle bike sharing program in three cities.
MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe, Public Information Manager
Broward County Board of County Commissioners
Broward County Commissioners, city officials, transit representatives, residents and even Santa Claus celebrated the launch of B-cycle on Wednesday, the first county bike-sharing program in the United States. To get the program rolling B-cycle has a special Groupon membership offer for 52 percent off an annual B-cycle pass today through Sunday.
“In growing numbers people are looking for convenient ways to get around without having to get in a car, or on a bus,” said Broward Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs, who introduced the idea, which was approved by the Commission last year. “Bikesharing allows anyone to pick up a bike at one location, ride to another and drop it off. It’s extremely popular in Denver, Chicago, Des Moines and cities across the country. We’re fortunate here because we have perfect bike riding weather year round.”
Vice Mayor Jacobs emceed Wednesday’s three city launch and was joined by colleagues along the way for a mass bike ride. The kick-off began on the beach in Hollywood where Commissioners Sue Gunzburger and Barbara Sharief welcomed a large crowd. “This is great way for residents and visitors to easily get around town. You can pick up a bike, ride along the beach and later ride downtown for dinner,” said Commissioner Gunzburger.
In the afternoon, Fort Lauderdale city officials got on the B-cycle bikes for a ride down Himmarshee Street to the B-station in Esplanade Park. Vice Mayor Jacobs explained that more than $300,000 from the Florida Department of Transportation was used as seed money to get the B-cycle program rolling. There are currently 20 bike stations and 200 bikes located in Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. You can rent a bike at any of the stations using a credit card or purchase a membership card. The bicycles have a basket, bell, chain guard and a lock. “I wore a skirt today to demonstrate that you’re not limited to wearing cycling clothes. You can B-cycle to work, drop off the bike at a nearby B-station and pick up another one at the end of the day,” said Jacobs.
In Pompano Beach, Commissioner Chip LaMarca joined Vice Mayor Jacobs, Pompano City officials and Santa Claus for a bike ride around Pompano Park at the end of the day. “I was happy to vote in favor of this program and give credit to Vice Mayor Jacobs for bringing it forward and all of the city officials and employees who worked to make this day possible,” said Commissioner LaMarca.
The Broward County Commission approved an agreement with B-cycle for the management and operation of a bike-sharing program last year. B-cycle is a partnership among Trek Bicycle, Crispin Porter and Bogusky, and Humana, one of Florida’s leading health care companies.
Bikesharing offers residents and visitors an alternative and active form of public transportation that is good for their health, environmentally friendly and affordable. Broward B-cycle blue bikes are GPS equipped with computers to track mileage, calories burned and carbon offsets. Users must be 18 years or older with a valid credit card for use either online or at the bike-sharing stations located throughout the County (B-stations). For more information on Broward B-cycle visit broward.bcycle.com.
See additional photos, attached below:
1) Pompano Beach city officials join Vice Mayor Jacobs and Commissioner Chip LaMarca in ribbon cutting at launch of B-cycle in Pompano Beach.
2) Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners join Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs at the launch of the B-cycle program at B-station in Esplanade Park.
3) Commissioner Barbara Sharief at the B-cycle station launch in Hollywood.