McALLEN – City Commissioner Joaquin J.J. Zamora was first to arrive at an event where new bicycles were to be unveiled by city officials.
“I just used my Bcycle app to check one out of the docks,” Zamora said. “I can already tell you it is 10-15 pounds lighter which makes it a lot easier to ride.”
The 2.0 bikes are compatible with all existing stations have new features which city leadership hopes will increase ridership.
Features include an all-weather saddle, front and rear integrated lighting, three-speed shifting, provides comfort for riders of all sizes, has hardcase all-weather tires, internal cable routing and drivetrain. The Bcycle app is compatible with other B-connected cities like San Antonio, Denver and Houston.
There are eight stations throughout the city with more coming during 2018. All the new bikes were paid using a federal grant.
Since the its inception in 2015 there has been more than 15,000 trips for over 780,000 minutes used. The average trip is about 50 minutes long and the program has logged more than 100,000 miles burning four million calories. Bcycles have had an estimated carbon offset of 46 tons.
Those who check out a bike and submit a photo to the City of McAllen will be eligible to win a daily, weekly or monthly pass.
Because of their white frames, the City of McAllen has dubbed the new bikes “Unicorns.”