Bike me to the moon: Austin’s B-Cycle pedals 2 millionth mile


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Austin’s bike-share program clocks 2 millionth mile pedaled since opening in 2013.

B-Cycle’s 2 million miles are about enough to go to the moon and back four times.

Pedal-happy Austinites have pushed the city’s bike-share program, B-Cycle, past a new milestone, clocking in 2 million miles ridden on the red bikes, which have become fixtures downtown.

How far is 2 million miles? It’s roughly four round trips to the moon, 808 flights between New York and Los Angeles, or more than 76,000 marathons.

“Two million miles is a huge milestone, and we are happy these durable red bikes continue to help people get to work, to the trails and to the festival quickly, while avoiding traffic,” said Elliott McFadden, B-Cycle’s executive director.

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Since the program began in December 2013, it has expanded with stations now dotting many downtown street corners and stretching from Zilker Park to the University of Texas to East Austin.

Some other B-Cycle numbers to know:

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420: B-Cycle bikes available in Austin.

27,000: Riders so far this year, who have made …

36,000 trips and have ridden …

476,000 miles.

660,386: The total number of trips since the service began in 2013.

77 million: Approximate number of calories riders have burned on the bikes since 2013.

153,563: Car trips avoided since the program began as of April, boosters say.

$12: The cost of the program’s Explorer 24-hour access pass, which includes unlimited trips of up to 60 minutes. Trips longer than 60 minutes cost $4 for each additional 30 minutes.

For more information: austinbcycle.com.



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