DATE: April 26, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Cindy Corbett-Elder, Broward County
Transportation Department - Transit Division
Broward B-Cycle, Broward County’s newest mode of public transportation and the first countywide bike-sharing system, has expanded. A new station has been added at the southwest corner of Las Olas Boulevard and Southeast Eighth Avenue in the City of Fort Lauderdale. Broward B-Cycle is a 275-bike system with 27 station locations in six Broward County cities: Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Pompano Beach, Dania Beach, Hallandale Beach and the town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.
In addition, anyone with a Broward B-Cycle membership traveling across the United States can use their B-card to check out bikes in 14 other participating B-Cycle cities just as they do in Broward and get the first half-hour of their ride free. Participating cities include: Denver and Boulder, Colo.; Madison, Wis.; San Antonio, Houston and Fort Worth,Texas; Spartanburg, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Des Moines, Iowa; Kansas City, Mo.; Omaha, Neb.; Nashville, Tenn.; Salt Lake City; Utah; and Kailua, Hawaii.
“I’m excited that the B-Cycle program continues to expand,” said Mayor Kristin Jacobs who spearheaded the program. “I’m glad residents and visitors are embracing the cycling culture we are cultivating in Broward County.”
Since Broward B-Cycle launched on December 14, 2011, its members have taken more than 37,000 bike rides, saving more than 6,300 gallons of gas, offset more than 123,000 pounds of carbon emissions and burned more than 4.8 million calories.
Bikesharing offers residents and visitors an alternative and active form of public transportation, which 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. Riders can monitor their personal fitness, see their contributions to the County's green efforts and connect with others online at broward.bcycle.com.
B-cycle is a partnership among Trek Bicycle, Crispin Porter and Bogusky, and Humana, Inc., a leading health care company and a presenting sponsor of Broward B-cycle. Funding for the system was also made available from an intermodal grant awarded from the Florida Department of Transportation.
For more information on Broward B-Cycle or to view a map of countywide B-station locations, visit broward.bcycle.com and for B-cycle’s mobile app (iPhone and Android) which provides real-time bike availability and nearby station locations based upon a user’s geographic location. For a limited time, get $5 off an annual membership pass online with promo code: EARTH.