Trek, the organizer of BCycle bike share program, transitioned Madison’s entire BCycle fleet to electric bikes in June. Although, Trek has begun this process in other U.S. cities, Madison is the first to reach 100 percent electric-assist bicycles citywide.
With 45 stations and 300 electric bikes, BCycle now provides more Madison riders the opportunity to use low carbon transportation. Nationally, Trek found that BCycle memberships have gone up and trip use has increased two to five times with electric bikes. This may be due to decreased travel time and to expanded accessibility to people with mobility issues, and to older and casual riders. BCycle annual membership cost will increase, but free memberships for low-income individuals are available through partnerships with community organizations throughout Madison. Fast Company, The Cap Times
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