Rapid City Bcycle offers free rides for Earth Day

Thursday, April 16, 2015

RAPID CITY, SD – The Rapid City Bcycles have returned from hibernation, and to kick off their return, the program will offer one week of free riding to encourage bike usage and sustainability in conjunction with celebrating Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22.

Riders can enter the code 042215, to gain free passes. Riders will be prompted to enter credit card information for security purposes. To continue riding for free, bikes must be briefly docked every thirty minutes at one of the two Bcycle stations in Downtown Rapid City. If bikes are not docked within the 30 minute time limit, usage fees will apply at $2 per additional hour. The code is valid Monday, April 20, to Sunday, April 26.

Bcycle 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.

Standard pricing will resume following the Earth Day promotion. 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 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.

Checkout hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Users may purchase annual memberships, view maps, rent bicycles and check statistics such as miles traveled, calories burned and more at RapidCityBcycle.com.

Rapid City Bcycle Stations are located at Main Street Square and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

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