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  • BHind the Scenes at BCycle

    by Becky Lin | Mar 17,2017
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    BHind the Scenes at BCycle is a new series that we are writing to let our members meet the the BCycle team that keeps everything running smoothly. Today, meet Josh, a full-time service technician with BCycle!

    Tell us about yourself.
    My name's Josh. I grew up in the Madison area, went away for college and various other travels but ended up back here just in time to get involved with Madison BCycle. When I'm not working, I'm most likely making music. I play drums mostly but get into guitar and keyboards as well.

    How long have you been with Madison BCycle?
     Since April of 2011

    What do you like about working at Madison BCycle?
     The wide variety of tasks really keeps each day interesting.

    What is your favorite activity to do in Madison?
     Live music, especially open mic nights

    What is your favorite restaurant in Madison?
     Los Gemelos!

     What is your favorite BCycle memory?
    Taking a customer call from G Love (of G Love and the Special Sauce), and ending up with free tickets to his show that night.
  • #WhyIBCycle: Dan C & Café Domestique

    by Becky Lin | Mar 17,2017
    Photo Mar 11, 14 07 43

    Tell us about yourself.
    My name is Dan Coppola. I grew up in Monona and went to the University of Wisconsin. My wife and I moved back to Madison in 2014, and I recently opened Cafe Domestique, a bicycle cafe on Willy Street. I've been in the bicycle industry since I was in high school, working as a mechanic in bike shops, managing cycling events, wrenching professionally for USA Cycling and at USA Paralympic training camps, and working for Trek Travel. Cafe Domestique is a culmination of all of those years I've spent in the bike industry and traveling. We're excited to give cyclists in Madison a place to meet, drink a great cup of coffee and socialize. 
     
    Why do you recommend bike sharing?
    Even as someone who owns a lot of bicycles, there are situations when having the opportunity to drop off at a different location than your pick up makes a lot of sense. We also use BCycle when we've got friends in town and need a few extra bikes to show them our city. 

    What is your favorite BCycle Memory? 
    My favorite BCycle memory is actually from a long layover in Denver when my connecting flight was delayed. The Denver airport was not a place I wanted to spend my day, so I took the light rail into downtown Denver, checked out a BCycle, and cruised around for a couple of hours. What could have turned into a 7 hours of misery at the airport turned into a pretty great afternoon of riding bikes, drinking coffee and catching up with friends. 

    We want to hear from you - Why do YOU Bcycle? Let us know in the comments below!
  • Got spring break travel plans? Check out these BCycle Cities!

    by Becky Lin | Mar 16,2017
    BCycle Cities

    Hey Madison BCyclers! While you’re gearing up for the warmer months ahead and planning spring break trips, consider using a bike-share service to help you get around new cities. The BCycle system is pretty extensive too! Here’s a complete list of all BCycle cities:

  • Madison BCycle closes for the Winter

    by Sarah Otten | Dec 14,2016


    Ride during our final week of the season and win a free annual membership!

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    Our season is coming to a close as the Madison BCycle system will shut down on Thursday, December 14, 2016--and we're going out with a bang. This week we're giving away TWO FREE annual memberships ($65 value) to:

    • The lucky rider who takes the 100,000th ride of 2016
    • The very last rider of the year

    So bundle up and get out there between now and Thursday! Already have an annual membership? No problem--just use the free one when yours is up for renewal.

    Madison BCycle plans to open back up in the spring of 2017 (mid-March).

  • Bicycle After Dark!

    by Gabi Caron-Schuler | Jun 27,2016

    Madison doesn’t shut down after the sun goes down, and guess what--neither does BCycle!

    With everything going on in these warm summer nights, you have even more opportunities to hop on a BCycle, explore Madison, and have fun!

    There are tons of ways to enjoy Wisconsin’s famous summer nights with movies outside at the Terrace, concerts at The Edgewater, nice cold drinks at sunset, or commanding the waters by boat, canoe, or kayak.

    Interested in Live Music with spectacular views? Memorial Union, the Edgewater, or the Olbrich Botanical Gardens all have spectacular events for the summer, and how convenient, there are BCycle stations located near all of them!
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    What about movies, who doesn’t love those? Memorial Union has Lakeside Cinema all summer long and there is a BCycle Station just steps away!
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    Also at Memorial Union is the Sunset Lounge, where you can experience a beautiful sunset with a drink in hand: what could be better!
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    Or maybe you want to do something a little more active; well luckily for you, the Wingra and Brittingham Boathouse allow canoe, kayak, and other rentals until 10pm. BCycles can get you there and get you back because guess what, our stations don’t close until 11pm!
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    Who needs the sun when you have all of these awesome opportunities to have fun in Madison after it sets. With built-in lights, BCycle can show you the way so you can get from place to place safely and with a smile on your face! 

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