Wednesday, July 23, 2014
RAPID CITY, SD – The installation of B-cycles in Rapid City has been set for next week.
B-cycle technicians will be in Rapid City on Monday, July 28, and Tuesday, July 29. On Tuesday, stations will be installed near Main Street Square on Sixth Street and on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology campus, with a total of 10 bicycles. The system may not immediately be available at the time of installation.
B-cycle is a public bicycle sharing program where users may check out bikes at a self-service terminal with a credit card, or sign up for a 7-day or annual membership online.
A 24-hour access fee is $7, and includes unlimited 30-minute bike checkouts. Users will be charged usage fees at a rate of $2 per hour for checkouts longer than 30 minutes. To avoid usage fees, return a bike to any station within 30 minutes. There is a maximum charge of $40 per day.
“The idea is to check out the bike for a short amount of time, explore the area, then if you want to bike more, check out the bike again,” said Rhea Landholm, executive coordinator. “If the bike is locked in the kiosk for any amount of time, the time starts over, so essentially you can have the bike all day with no additional usage fees, if you visit a station within 30 minutes of checking it out.”
The bicycles lock into a docking system and customers must agree to a user agreement before riding. Each bicycle is equipped with a basket and panels for sponsorship opportunities. Helmets are encouraged, but are not available to rent at the terminals.
Riders must be at least 18 years of age to ride, or be 15 years of age with a valid driver’s permit or license. Up to four 24-hour access passes may be purchased per credit card. Checkout hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. A website, RapidCityBcycle.com, will be launched next week, where users may purchase annual memberships, view maps, rent bicycles and check statistics such as miles traveled, calories burned and more.
Destination Rapid City funded start-up costs, one station and six bicycles, and the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology funded the second station and four bicycles. Main Street Square will operate and maintain the Rapid City B-cycle system, in cooperation with Black Hills Bicycles. The system has the ability for more stations to be added.
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