Houston To End Bike Share Program

After a rough few years and a failure to secure the funding needed to continue the program, Houston’s BCycle bike share program is shuttering in the next two months. In an opinion piece for the Houston Chronicle, Neeraj Tandon and James Llamas, two volunteer directors on the board of Houston Bike Share, the nonprofit that operates the system, call the decision heartbreaking.

Outlining the history of Houston’s bike share system, the authors explain how the system got to where it is today—and how it can be revived in the future. “During the 2020 COVID pandemic, Houstonians flocked to bicycling and BCycle for safe, socially distanced fitness, recreation and transportation. Our annual ridership peaked at over 300,000 trips.” But this came at a cost: “with a network more heavily focused on transportation, rather than recreation, revenue did not keep pace. Sponsorships dried up. Meanwhile, our bikes and stations were aging and required more maintenance and repair.”

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