B-Cycle expands – try it now for FREE!

August 29th, 2013 by Live Well Omaha Kids

by Kay Grant

You may have seen the spiffy blue bikes with the cute little baskets riding around the Aksarben and UNO area of town sometime in the last year. They are a bit of whimsy, and a lot of practicality. Bike8Omaha B-cycle bike-share program launched a fleet of 33 B-cycles at 5 stations last year.  As part of Live Well Omaha Kids, and its collaborative mission to help our community improve environments conducive to physical activity as part of an active and healthy lifestyle, Alegent Creighton Health is proud to announce that it has provided funding to expand the fleet by 10 B-cycles and 3 stations connecting Aksarben with downtown Omaha.

AND, we are super excited to announce that between August 28th and September 11th, you can try B-cycle for FREE!

Locations:

  • UNO campus on the south side of the Milo Bail Student Center
  • On 67th and Pine Street near the Scott Village dorms
  • On 68th street on the west side of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska campus
  • On 67th street in front of the Aksarben Cinema
  • On 67th and Center street on the south side of Wohlner’s Grocery Store

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  • 1819 Farnam Street- the City Hall Building
  • Chamber Plaza on 13th and Howard Streets
  • The Omaha side of the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge

Not only is bike-sharing healthy, it is green – the emissions saved are significant (722 tons, in fact) and the stations are solar powered, saving energy. Cities comparable to Omaha in population such as Denver and Portland have had great success with B-cycle.  B-Cycle is just another way Omaha is supporting its Bicycle Friendly City status with the League of American Bicyclists.

How do I check it out, you ask?  It’s a two minute or less transaction- simply swipe your credit card. You’ll be asked what type of membership you would like:

  • A 24-hour pass is $6, (as long as the bike is checked back in to any station within an hour, there are no additional fees. For 24 hours, as long as it is checked in each hour, you have access to a bike. If the bike is not checked in after an hour, each additional hour is $4.00. So ride around for an hour, check it in at your next stop/station, and then check it back out for another hour, etc. if you want to travel from station to station/destination to destination). The max per day charge if you don’t check it back in is $75.00
  • 30 day pass is $30
  • Annual pass is $55 or $40 for registered students and seniors.

Then remove the bike from the station and away you go!  You can go grocery shopping and put your groceries in the convenient Bike2front basket on the bike, and lock it up with the attached lock if you need to stop somewhere between stations.

It’s a win-win for our community.  B-cycles can help keep us healthy and active, our air cleaner, and be a great draw for visitors and potential residents.  Plus, you never have to maintain the bikes- they are already for you when you need them – tires inflated and working chain. You can even establish your own personal account on the www.omaha.bcycle.com webpage that helps you track your miles ridden, calories you’ve burned and emissions you’ve saved.

B-cycle is the future of bike-sharing and it’s available now in Omaha!  Go Ride A Bike!!!!

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