Madison BCycle announces the debut of limited winter service starting Monday December 14th. The city's bike share system, which previously closed all operations mid-December through mid-March, will pilot full-year service to a limited network of stations throughout Madison.
"There is such a vibrant winter biking culture here in Madison," notes Madison BCycle City Manager Martha Laugen, "As we aim to play a key role in city transit, piloting year-round service was a natural next step."
Madison BCycle will keep services running within a limited network of stations during regular operating hours (5am - midnight daily). Stations included in the winter plan are located at
E. Wilson & Martin Luther Kind BLVD
Williamson & Few Streets
Lake St. & University Ave.
W. Washington & Regent St.
UW Natatorium Gym
Other stations in the network will either be removed or closed in place to facilitate snow removal by the city and private property owners.
"We planned carefully in collaboration with the City of Madison and the UW Madison to map out a network of stations that will serve riders during winter months while respecting the hard work of public and private crews managing snow removal throughout the community," says Laugen. "As we observe rider patterns and continue to work with local partners, we hope to see winter services grow in future seasons."
Madison BCycle will suspend winter operations in sync with declared City of Madison snow emergencies and in conditions deemed by the operators as unsafe for bike share use. Staff will use social media - Facebook and Twitter - as well as this website to keep riders apprised of weather-related changes to service throughout the winter months. Full system operations will resume in mid-March 2016, per the bike share's operating agreement with the city.
"BCycle has been a great partner for the city, its residents and visitors and I am pleased that Madison will be home to limited winter operations for the service," said Mayor Paul Soglin. "We know our winter weather can be fickle, but with flexibility on the part of BCycle, our city staff and BCycle customers, we look forward to a year-long partnership."
So do we, Madison! Ride on!