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  • Winter Riding Tips - Make the Most of Winter Riding with Madison BCycle

    by Martha Laugen | Dec 10,2015

    It's true - we're rolling through the winter!      BCYCLE WINTER
    Winter bike share is convenient, healthy and fun. Before you roll, check out these tips to say safe, cozy and to make the most of your winter BCycle experience.

    1. Use Common Sense:
      • Wear warm clothing, including adequate gloves and boots;
      • Wear a helmet
      • Do not ride a BCycle unless the front and rear lights are functioning
      • Do not ride on excessively snowy or icy surfaces
      • Be extra cautious when riding in the dark 

    2. Stay Warm: Bike sharing is for short trips, and it takes a biking body a while to warm up. Dress in layers and shed as needed to stay cozy from checkout to dock on your ride. Cover the extremities – head and hands – but be sure you can see clearly and operate your brakes and gears safely.
    3. Keep the Toes Toasty! Warm feet help keep a rider cozy!  As our chain guards and fenders protect you from puddles, slush and spray, you can wear your trendiest winter boots on the BCycle without worry!

    4. See and B Seen: Ride within your own skill level – this winter, and always. If conditions don’t feel comfortable to you, find an alternate way to make a trip. You know your experience level best. Keep a keen eye out for other road users – cars, busses, bikes – and make sure they can see (& predict) you. B safe and B smart!


    5. Maps & Apps: Check here frequently to plan your trips between stations available for winter operations. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our website for weather-related operations updates. Check dock and bike availability on the free BCycle Now app. 

    6. Plan B…and C: As always, have a back-up plan to make your trip: bus, taxi, ride-share, your own bike, etc. B prepared with an alternate Plan B!

    Last but not least – HAVE FUN! Ride a bunch and share your pics and stories with us on social media! 

    Read more about winter bicycling gear and riding tips here and also here!

  • Events In Madison | December 10 - 12, 2015

    by Christina Otten | Dec 10,2015

    Thanks again to everyone who joined us for the end of the year social on Tuesday! It is always fun to have so many passionate BCyclers in the same room enjoying each other's company. As Winter station closures continue, make sure to check back here on the BCycle blog to keep tabs on your favorite B Stations! In the meantime, look at the events below and #ridethered to check them out! 


    Thursday | December 10, 2015

    UW Women’s Basketball vs. Florida
    Time: 7pm
    Location: Kohl Center (601 W. Dayton St)
    Nearest BCycle Stations: W. Washington & Regent St. (677 W. Washington St.), N. Park & Spring St.
    “Come take in some great basketball and cheer on the Badgers at the Kohl Center!”

    Mindful Yoga
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 12-12:45pm
    Location: Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center (One John Nolen Drive)
    Nearest BCycle Station: W. Wilson & MLK (22 West Wilson Street), E. Wilson & MLK (38 East Wilson Street)
    “In this series, we learn to use yoga postures and breath as gateways to the richness of the present moment. We explore a set of simple yet profound yoga and mindfulness practices to nourish the body, to bring peace to the mind and to open the heart. This series is perfect for those who are new to yoga and mindfulness, as well as experienced practitioners who are interested in deepening their practice. Please bring your yoga mat, if you have one, and a sense of curiosity!”

    Olbrich's Holiday Express: Flower and Model Train Show
    Cost: $3 - $5
    Time: 10am - 4pm
    Location: 3330 Atwood Avenue
    Nearest BCycle Station: Olbrich Gardens (3330 Atwood Avenue)
    "Members of the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society come from all over the state to show off their large-scale model trains during Olbrich's Holiday Express. You'll see different trains, depending on the day. Elaborate models of space cruisers, pirate ships, Victorian homes and more take up residence along the tracks in an exciting display of engineering and imagination."

    Wingra Woodwind Quintet 
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Mosse Humanities Building
    Nearest BCycle Stations: Memorial Union (699 N. Park Street), N. Lake St. @ University Ave. (381 N. Lake St.), Hawthorne Ct & State Street (619 State Street)
    “Since its formation in 1965, the Wingra Woodwind Quintet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has established a tradition of artistic and teaching excellence in the field of music, and an ambitious commitment to the Wisconsin Idea. Current members include Stephanie Jutt, flute; Marc Vallon, bassoon; Kostas Tiliakos, oboe; and welcoming new members Wesley Warnhoff, clarinet; and Joanna Schulz, horn.”

    Friday | December 11, 2015

    Lunch Time Yoga
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 12pm – 12:45pm
    Location: One N. Picnkney , Madison, WI 53703
    Nearest BCycle Stations: Wisconsin & E. Mifflin (117 Wisconsin Avenue).
    “Start feeling happier and healthier with this relaxing, body-strengthening yoga session in DreamBank’s inspiring space! Led by Cindy Weber, owner of Cinergy Fitness, this bi-weekly class offers a unique opportunity to merge your dreams with your yoga practice. It’s a combination designed to help you achieve a renewed attitude of mindfulness and gratitude. Yoga newbie? No worries.”

    Dueling Pianos at the Ivory Room
    Time: Begins at 7pm – 2am
    Location: The Ivory Room Piano Bar (116 W. Mifflin Street)
    Nearest BCycle Station: Wisconsin & E. Mifflin (117 Wisconsin Avenue),
    W. Mifflin @ Central Library (126 W. Mifflin Street)
    “Join us at The Ivory Room for Dueling Pianos featuring Piano Fondue! Show goes until 2am.”
    Saturday | December 12, 2015

    Dane County Farmers’ Market *** New Location ***
    Cost: Free to walk around!
    Time: 7:30am - 12pm
    Location: Monona Terrace Convention Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: W. Wilson & MLK (22 West Wilson), E. Wilson & MLK (38 East Wilson)
    “Over 70 selling members have reserved stalls at the Monona Terrace. In addition to pastries, cheese, meats, and honey, you can get your holiday fixin’s and gifts from local producers.”

  • Station Update: Winter Closures

    by Martha Laugen | Dec 10,2015

    Here's the latest news on station removals and closures as we transition to winter mode at Madison BCycle. Bottom line: 'Tis the season to have a backup plan for your bicycling and transportation needs!

    Closed Stations
    These stations are currently out of service for winter operations:
    Madison College - Truax

    Today - Thursday December 10th:
    These stations will be removed today and closed to winter operations:
    Memorial Union
    Lake & Langdon
    Hawthorne Court
    Wisconsin & E. Mifflin

    Monday December 14th
    Monday marks our official transition to BCycle Winter Operations. As such, please note these stations which remain OPEN to bike check in/out:
    Williamson & Few St.
    E. Wilson & MLK
    W. Washington & Regent
    Lake & University
    UW Natatorium Gym
    Union South
    ALL OTHER STATIONS WILL BE CLOSED to bike check in/out. Please make a note of this, and consult our station map as necessary as a reminder of open stations during winter operations. 

    For the very latest in station availability and closures, plus weather related updates, be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Share your winter riding pics with us on Instagram

    Thank you for riding, and stay tuned for further updates!


  • Madison BCycle Announces Limited Winter Bike Share Operations

    by Martha Laugen | Dec 08,2015


    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
    Union South

    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!

  • Winter Station Removal Begins Next Week

    by Martha Laugen | Dec 04,2015

    Please note that select stations in the Madison BCycle Network will be removed for winter closure, starting next week. See details, below.

    Bottom line:
    1) It is that time of year to look at alternate modes for your daily trips. Please plan ahead, and have backup options.
    2) For real-time updates, stay tuned to Facebook & Twitter for the very latest status updates on operations.

    Between Mon 12/7 and Wed 12/9, these stations will be removed from operation:

    Madison College

    Between Wed 12/9 and Fri 12/11, these stations will be removed from operation:
    Memorial Union
    Lake & Langdon
    Hawthorne Court
    Wisconsin & E. Mifflin

    By Monday December 14th, we will begin winterization of other stations in the system, and begin warehousing bikes. 

    Thank you for riding, and stay tuned for further updates!


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