Madison BCycle to shut down riding season Tuesday

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MADISON, Wis. — Madison BCycle will conclude its 2020 riding season Tuesday with all e-bikes being removed from stations.

According to a release, the system will shut down for the winter.

When the system reopened in March, BCycle saw a 73% increase in rides through June compared to 2019. In the second half of the year, ridership plateaued. BCycle typically sees highest ridership during the summer through the start of the fall semester, but canceled or postponed larger events impacted the numbers.

“In March, our team realized how important it was to have bike share available as a safe transportation option in 2020 and really stepped up,” said Madison BCycle General Manager Helen Bradley. “Whether riders were using the bikes to commute to work or go on socially-distanced evening or weekend rides to get some fresh air outdoors, our entire staff took the safety of our riders in even higher regard, at every station and every bike this year.”

The team implemented safety standards for e-bikes and docking stations. Bikes and stations were sanitized during every visit and sometimes were sanitized multiple times right way.

Madison BCycle plans to return by March 15, 2021.