B-Cycle Announces Madison Locations, Rates

First Bikes Stations Open Sunday

MADISON, Wis. - Madison's new bike-sharing program, B-Cycle, announced the location for its first six locations.

All the facilities will be located downtown and will open on Sunday. They include the intersections of Wisconsin Avenue and East Mifflin Street; South Hamilton Street and West Main Street; West Wilson Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard; Hawthorne Court and State Street; North Park Street and Spring Street; and North Park Street and the Memorial Union on the University of Wisconsin campus, officials said.

B-Cycle also released rates for renting the bicycles. An annual pass for unlimited rides of 30 minutes or less will cost $65 and just $45 for students. Weekly passes are $30. Any rides beyond 30 minutes will cost an additional $2 for the second 30 minutes, $3 for another 30 minutes and $4 for every 30 minutes beyond that, according to a press released from B-Cycle.

Day passes are also available for $10, with an additional charge of $2 for the first 30 minutes and $4 for every additional set of 30 minutes.

B-Cycle officials said this installation of stations is just the first of a large project that will take place over the next few weeks. A grand opening is scheduled for June 1, but details of the event haven't been released.

Trek Bicycle Corp. and Madison Mayor Paul Soglin reached a modified agreement in April to bring B-Cycle to Madison.

The cost to the city will be $1 per year rather than the original $100,000 the two sides has agreed upon when former Mayor Dave Cieslewicz was in office. In return, the city will agree to extend the contract from the originally proposed three years to five. In addition, the city will not share in any profits generated during this contract period. The parties, by mutual agreement, can renew the contract in 2016. Trek is donating the capital costs of the new system.

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