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  • BHind the Scenes at BCycle: Erik

    by Kevin Machut | Jun 27,2017

    Meet Erik, BCycle technician and UW-Madison senior!

    Tell us a little about yourself!#WhyIBCycle - Erik
    I am a senior at UW- Madison. I will graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in BSE Machinery Systems Engineering, a certificate in Chinese communication, and a certificate in International Engineering with an area focus on China. Originally, I am from Glenview, IL. I like being outdoors, playing volleyball, biking, retro videogames, and cooking.

    What do you like about working at Madison BCycle?
    I like being closer to a community of avid bikers and getting to work outdoors! The friendly and fun work environment and coworkers are a plus too!

    What is your favorite activity to do in Madison?
    There are so many! The first that come to mind are pick-up volleyball at James Madison Park and playing Euchre at the Terrace.

    What is your favorite restaurant in Madison?
    The Banzo food cart has always got me coming back for more.

  • #WhyIBCycle: Stefanie

    by Kevin Machut | Jun 20,2017
    Meet Stefanie, avid BCycle commuter and UW Health employee! She takes advantage of the $20 membership for UW Health employees. Learn more about why she loves BCycle.

    Tell us a little about yourself!Stef and BCycle 2 (002)
    My parents instilled the love of biking in me as a child. My sister Susi, my best friend Denise and I spent our entire summers in the suburbs of Chicago on our bikes. When I moved to Madison almost 23 years ago, I was so impressed by the bike trails!

    When do you use BCycle?
    I first used a BCycle while in Denver for a conference. I used it to explore the shops and restaurants of the city that I wouldn’t have been able to travel to by foot. So I was thrilled when BCycle came to Madison! My primary use of BCycle here is commuting from work to home. I am not a morning person so biking on my own bike to work is not going to happen. My husband drives me to work in the morning and I bike home. It is a fantastic way to unwind and get exercise in at the same time!

    Why do you recommend bike sharing?
    I love bike sharing! It’s a great way to experience Madison and exercise at the same time without needing a bike of your own. My husband and I spent most of our honeymoon exploring Chicago using their bike sharing system. It was a great way to see the city on the cheap. Before our trip, my husband hadn’t ridden a bike since he was a child.
  • #WhyIBCycle: Luke

    by Morgan Ramaker | May 23,2017
    Meet Luke, BCyclist and Dad extraordinaire! Here's why he says BCycle is life:

    "I'm a dad of 2 little boys (5 and 2) and time to exercise is VERY lLuke and future BCyclist Cameronimited. I use BCycle to get in a pre/post work workout by parking near the UW Credit Union station on the far west side and bike downtown to the Department of Health Services. The 25-30 min ride both ways gives me the exercise I need to keep up with my boys. It also saves me a BOAT LOAD of money in parking and bus fare."

    "One of the features I love about BCycle is the rider leader board. I was 14th place after the season ended last year and I have a goal to place in the top 10 this year. It's just the motivation I need to grab a BCycle each day vs. driving in to work."

    Why do you BCycle? Contact us at info@madisonbcycle.com to be featured next!




  • BHind the Scenes at BCycle: Griff

    by Morgan Ramaker | May 18,2017
    Meet Griff, our Operations Manager--e.g., the man who gets things done! Griff iGriff (2)s known for fixing anything and everything, drinking an endless supply of coffee, eating a record 5.5 slices of Ian's Pizza in one sitting, and never being seen without a hat.

    How long have you been with Madison BCycle?
    Since January 2013, the longest of the team.

    What do you like about working at Madison BCycle?
    Shoveling out stations after a great winter.

    What is your favorite activity to do in Madison?
    Installing Madison BCycle Stations to get ready for another season.

    What is your favorite restaurant in Madison?
     IAN’S!

    What is your favorite BCycle memory? 
    Finding Canadian Coins in Baskets is my pastime.
  • #WhyIBCycle: Garrett

    by Morgan Ramaker | May 09,2017
    Meet Garrett, a former professional cyclist, and current active BCyclist!
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    Tell us a little about yourself! 
    I moved to Madison about 5 years ago for my PhD in exercise science. Prior to that I cycled for the UW-Madison cycling team and then professionally on the domestic and international levels. Nowadays I don't race but do consider myself a professional BCyclist!

    Why do you choose to use BCycle instead of your own bike?

    Convenience is really nice, just being able to go to a station and check out a bike and know you can return it to a different station without being worried about maintenance. I also like supporting the community infrastructure for exercise, and it’s a sustainable transportation option.

    What is your favorite BCycle Memory?

    A few years ago, one nice day in the summer, I BCycled to all of the stations. (Editor’s note: we like to call this the Tour de BCycle!)

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