By the time I finish a daylong test ride of Austin’s new bike-share system, I’ve chased a swarm of Segways around the Capitol, slogged up hills, coasted down them and fielded questions from more than a dozen curious onlookers.
I’m a seasoned commuter who rides a bike to work most days, but riding a B-cycle feels different. The sturdy, bright red bikes with big metal baskets attract attention. Riding one takes some getting used to — they’re heavy, weighing in at 40 pounds, and feel a little wobbly at first. Most folks settle in after pedaling a block or two, though.
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If you go: An annual membership to Austin B-cycle costs $80. Users can check out a bike as many times as they want at no additional cost, as long as they check the bike back into a station every 30 minutes. An additional fee of $4 per 30 minutes kicks in after that. A day pass costs $8.