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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Bicycle riding in Houston just got easier and friendlier, thanks to the city of Houston expanding and adding several bicycle stations.
This week, the city of Houston’s “Bike Share Program” is expanding, with the help of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas’ (BCBSTX) $750,000 commitment, U.S. DOE funding, widespread use of bicycles and growing interest in biking.
“[The] Houston B-cycle will continue to provide healthy and convenient transportation alternatives to residents throughout Downtown, East End, Midtown, Montrose and the Museum District/Hermann Park,” stated officials with the city of Houston.
Houston’s B-Cycle is a bike share program offers an alternative to driving and getting around the city. “Whether grabbing coffee or commuting to work, Houston B-cycle sets you free from your car and relies on the best alternative fuel: YOU,” added city officials.
Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker feels that the expansion of the biking program will enable many Houston residents to live healthier lives while providing an alternative to driving: “Bike Share is a great new transportation program for Houston and with the support of BCBSTX and the DOE we are able to expand our pilot into a thriving program, providing a real commuter and recreational transportation option for workers, residents and visitors, improving health and quality of life,” said Mayor Annise Parker.
According to city of Houston authorities, the pilot program began on May 2, 2012 with B-Cycle stations at City Hall, Market Square Park, and the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Now with Phase II of the initiative complete, bikes are now available at 18 new locations including four located along the METRORail:
Smith & Capitol
Lamar & Milam
Main & Dallas
La Branch & Lamar
McKinney & Caroline
UHD/Main & Franklin
Rusk & St. Emanuel
METRO Transit Center
Milam & Capitol
W. Gray & Baldwin
Westheimer & Waugh
MFAH/Fannin & Montrose
“The self-service B-cycle stations will be available from 6 am to 11 pm every day. Bikes can be checked out during these hours and dropped back at the same location or any other B-cycle station,” added the city of Houston.
Similar bicycle initiatives are throughout the country and are in located in various cities such as Denver, Charlotte, Omaha, Nashville, Madison, Wisconsin and Boulder Colorado. Similar bicycle programs are set to launch in Salt Lake City, Utah and Fort Worth. Click here to watch related video.