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  • 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! 

  • Attention BCycle Members: Renew your membership like a champ

    by Martha Laugen | Jun 22,2016

    Are you getting ready for another year of BCycle? Read on for a few quick tips to get you on your way quickly. (Hint: Read all the way through for a great deal at the end!)

    1. Know Thyself:
    Log into your BCycle member profile frequently using your username and password. You will LOVE all the ride stats you can see for your BCycle trips! Forgot your login? There are helpful hints at MadisonBCycle.com at the login site.

    2. Update & Renew with ease:
    Last September we upgraded our credit card processing equipment, so all members needed to update their Credit Card on file. If you did not do this last September, you must do so BEFORE the system will allow you to renew your current membership. Here’s how it’s done…


    3.  Try something new!
    Our Madtown Monthly membership gives riders 60-min trip times instead of the usual 30-minutes, for just $15/month. With auto-renewal, you can set it and forget it, or suspend your membership if you’re out of town or just not bike sharing much. Check it out here if you want to try something new for a change!

    4.  Spend some time, save some bucks.
    For reading this little tutorial and renewing your current membership BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15, 2016, we’ll give you $15 off an annual membership. Just enter the code RENEWCC16 when prompted in the renewal process. This is for annual membership renewals only, and expires on September 15, 2016.

    Thanks for riding!

    Your friends at Madison BCycle

  • Madison BCycle Cheese Curd Crawl

    by Martha Laugen | Jun 21,2016

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    June is National Dairy Month!! Best way to celebrate? A BCycle cheese curd crawl around town this weekend! Click here for a stop-by-stop map to guide you along your cheesy route.
     
    Start at Union South's The Sett with their Garlic Cheese Curds. Grab a BCycle at our Union South Station.
     
    Dock at the Hawthorne Ct & State Street station and head over to State Street Brats for their Wisconsin Cheese Curd Basket (a half pound of Wisconsin cheese nuggets served with veggies and 1000 island dressing)
     
    Pick up your BCycle again and take the the SE Commuter Bike Path to the Capital City Trail and head over to Essen Haus for their Breaded Fresh Wisconsin Cheese curds served with marinara sauce.  Park your BCcycle at the John Nolan @ Law Park Station.
     
    Grab a BCycle and head up towards the square to the station at E. Wilson and MLK and walk a short block and a half to The Tipsy Cow for their Classic Cheese Curds or mouth-watering Local Goat Cheese Churds.
     
    From here, depending on how adventurous you are, take a walk across the street to Graze for some more local curds and keep walking in that direction for the Old Fashioned's curds, also locally sourced. (BCycle Manager Martha says, if you don’t get Tiger Sauce with your curds at Old Fashioned, you’re doing it wrong)
     
    Pick up a bike at our station on the Square at Wisconsin and E. Mifflin and head over to the Edgewater’s Boathouse for what they claim to be the best curds in town! Park your BCycle right in front of the hotel at our Edgewater station! 

    After the eating at the Boathouse, sit back and enjoy the Lake Mendota View!  

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  • BCycle With a Tune in Your Heart! It's Make Music Madison Time!

    by Martha Laugen | Jun 15,2016

    Madison BCycle is pleased to help sponsor the 4th annual Make Music Madison! Tuesday June 21st throughout the city.

    Make Music Madison invites you to welcome in summer on June 21st by enjoying the diverse range of musical talent in our community. A full day of local music features 300+ free performances at 85 outdoor venues across Madison. Catch music in parks, restaurants, community centers, people's front yards, and more. Sample a little of everything, as all ages, all skill levels, and all music genres take the stage.

    Why not take BCycle to your next musical stop?
    A FREE BCycle ride is music to your ears! Enter promo code 62116 at any kiosk for free BCycle access to Make Music Madison!

    Zoom into the map below for BCycle station locations and proximity to Make Music venues where you can catch performances. Find full details on the day and a searchable concert program at the Make Music Madison site.
    Share the fun and photos of your BCycle trips to tune in with #makemusicmadison.

    View Madison BCycle at Make Music Madison in a full screen map

    See our handy map here for BCycle station locations and proximity to Make Music venues where you can catch performances. Find details on the day and a searchable concert program at the Make Music Madison site.
    Share the fun and photos of your BCycle trips to tune in with #makemusicmadison.

     

     


     
  • BIKE WEEK 2016

    by Gabi Caron-Schuler | Jun 14,2016
    Bike Week 2016 is done and boy, was it a good one this year! 

    All of us here at Madison BCycle had a great time getting to know you when you came to say hello, checked in with us at the Clips Film Festival, grabbed some coffee at our commuter station near HotelRED, or scored a free membership for the entire summer! 

    We tried to document all the fun and excitement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and most importantly, our new Snapchat, so to always keep you updated, involved, and for those of you who didn't come, inflict some major FOMO! 

    Heres a countdown of our favorite moments and pictures this week:

    5. MUFFIN MOUNTAIN - Our friends at HotelRED generously provided us with tons of yummy snacks throughout the week at our commuter station near Camp Randall. Although it was hard to pick a favorite treat, we had to give it to the delicious muffins; they were so yummy and so beautiful!
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    4. COMMUTER PUPS - We are all huge dog lovers at BCycle so it was super exciting to see all of the awesome, and adorable, pups out on the bike path! Our puppy bffs this week were Gertrude, Milly, and Bella (not pictured)!
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    3. #BCYCLEKIDDOS - If theres one thing we love more than people on bikes, its kids on bikes! Tons o' kids celebrated this week and scored some major muffins and stickers, which they seemed to be pretty impressed and excited by! 
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    2. BOTTOMLESS COFFEE - We are proud to say that we NEVER ran out of coffee!!! BCycle and HotelRED made sure to always have your backs by keeping that caffeine flowin!!!! If we seem a little excited about this, remember, the coffee was ENDLESS, so we may have had a little too much! 

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    and the coveted number one spot goes to......

    with a unanimous vote from ALL BCycle Employees.....

    Drumroll please...... 

    1. THE CYCLISTS OF BIKE WEEK 2016 - You guys were AWESOME!! We had so many participants and excited, smiling, happy faces!! We loved talking to you about biking and BCycle, and signing you up for the BC25 Challenge! 

    Thank you for a wonderful week! We hope you guys enjoyed it as much as we did and had AT LEAST five memorable moments! 

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