b-cycle comes to des moines, dart to help out

DART and the bus blog join those excited for next week’s launch of Des Moines B-Cycle.

Members of the bicycle-sharing program can check out a bike from one location, peddle where they need to go, then leave it at a docking station. Like the D-Line, the B-Cycles will make moving around downtown easier without relying on a car.

DART staff try out the B-Cycle.

DART will be doing its part to support the B-Cycle program by taking its customer service calls. DART will also host a B-Cycle kiosk at the Transit Hub when it opens.

Carl Voss of the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, responsible for bringing  B-Cycle here, tells the bus blog that the most highly frequented kiosks in other cities with the program are those nearest public transit stations.

A press event to introduce B-Cycle to Greater Des Moines is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday downtown at 13th and Grand.

More details about the program, including a demo video, are available on Des Moines B-Cycle’s website. Click here to check it out.

Here’s how B-Cycle is described there:

Bike sharing makes it economical and convenient to use bikes for trips that are too far to walk but too short to drive. As a member, you can use a B-cycle to run an errand, grab lunch, travel from the bus stop to your office, or just get some fresh air. There are as many reasons to use a B-cycle as there are members!

That’s why we say it’s magic: a bike that’s there when you need it and gone when you don’t.

With your magic bike, you don’t have to look for a parking space or bring your own bike with you everywhere you go. Plus, riding a B-cycle is good for you and good for the environment. It’s the newest and best way to get around town.