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  • 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:
    Olbrich
    Sheraton
    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!

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  • Madison BCycle Announces Limited Winter Bike Share Operations

    by Martha Laugen | Dec 08,2015

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    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:

    Olbrich 
    Sheraton
    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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  • Events in Madison | December 4 - 6

    by Christina Otten | Dec 04,2015

    Select Station Removal Begins December 9th.Happy Friday, Folks! Please check out these awesome events happening all around Madison this coming weekend! And don't forget to keep riding! Select station removal begins Wednesday this week. Check out the Madison BCycle social media to stay updated! #ridethered






    Friday | December 4, 2015

    MMoCa Nights: Ellen Lanyon Opening Reception
    Cost: $10 for non MMoCa members
    Time: 6 - 9pm
    Location: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
    Nearest BCycle Station: W. Mifflin @ Central Library (126 W. Mifflin Street)
    "MMoCA wants you to enjoy the new exhibits at MMoCA Nights! The first Friday in December, MMoCA wants you to explore an exhibition of prints and paintings by magical realist artist Ellen Lanyon. A number of these works are recent additions to MMoCA's permanent collection. The Charles Walker Band will perform live, offering listeners a fusion of funk, R&B and Motown music. Hors d’oeuvres from Fresco will be passed and cocktails will be available at a cash bar. MMoCA curator Richard H. Axsom will offer a gallery talk on Lanyon’s work at 6:30 pm. MMoCA Nights are held in conjunction with exhibition openings, film screenings, and other special events. The evenings feature live music, complimentary seasonal hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, a cash bar, and engaging visual art programs. The evenings are free for MMoCA members/$10 for non-members. MMoCA Nights are sponsored by Newcomb Construction Company and The Alexander Company with additional support from Fresco and media support from Isthmus."

    Madison Symphony Orchestra: A Madison Symphony Christmas
    Cost: $16 - $85
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Overture Center for the Arts
    Nearest BCycle Station:  W. Mifflin @ Central Library (126 W. Mifflin Street)
    "John DeMain and the Symphony don their Santa hats for this signature Christmas celebration. This concert is filled with traditions, from caroling in the lobby with the Madison Symphony Chorus (be sure to come an hour early!) to performances by hundreds of members of Madison's musical community. The culminating sing-along is Madison's unofficial start of the holiday season."

    Tommy Emmanuel
    Cost: $25 - $40
    Time: 8pm
    Location: Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union 
    "With two GRAMMY nominations and five decades of performance under his belt, Australian guitar great Tommy Emmanuel is often considered the best finger-style guitarist in the world. Averaging more than 300 live performances every year around the globe, he brings with him a unique philosophy, technical precision, impressive improvisations and unusual but exciting repertoire for his “Classics & Christmas” concert that should not be missed."


    Saturday | December 5, 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.”

    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."

    Mad Rollin' Dolls Roller Derby
    Time: 6pm

    Location: Alliant Energy Center (1919 Alliant Energy Way)
    Nearest BCycle Station: Sheraton Hotel (1702 Rimrock Road)
    "Come watch the Dolls roll out season 12! It’s a sport that combines adrenaline and estrogen, mascara and mayhem, sass and strength. Roller derby is a full-contact game on a flat, oval track with two teams facing off to see who can score the most points. Come and cheer on the four teams of the Mad Rollin' Dolls league - Quad Squad, Reservoir Dolls, Unholy Rollers, and Vaudeville Vixens."

    Madison Symphony Orchestra: A Madison Symphony Christmas
    Cost: $16 - $85
    Time: 8pm
    Location: Overture Center for the Arts
    Nearest BCycle Station:  W. Mifflin @ Central Library (126 W. Mifflin Street)
    "John DeMain and the Symphony don their Santa hats for this signature Christmas celebration. This concert is filled with traditions, from caroling in the lobby with the Madison Symphony Chorus (be sure to come an hour early!) to performances by hundreds of members of Madison's musical community. The culminating sing-along is Madison's unofficial start of the holiday season."


    Sunday | December 6, 2015

    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."

    Madison Symphony Orchestra: A Madison Symphony Christmas
    Cost: $16 - $85
    Time: 8pm
    Location: Overture Center for the Arts
    Nearest BCycle Station:  W. Mifflin @ Central Library (126 W. Mifflin Street)
    "John DeMain and the Symphony don their Santa hats for this signature Christmas celebration. This concert is filled with traditions, from caroling in the lobby with the Madison Symphony Chorus (be sure to come an hour early!) to performances by hundreds of members of Madison's musical community. The culminating sing-along is Madison's unofficial start of the holiday season."


  • Events in Madison | November 27 - 29, 2015

    by Christina Otten | Nov 27,2015


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    Friday | November 27, 2015


    Downtown Holiday Open House
    Cost: Free to walk around!
    Time: Begins at 9:30am
    Location: State Street & Capital Square
    Nearest BCycle Stations: Hawthorne Ct & State Street (619 State Street), W. Gilman @ Peace Park (229 W. Gilman St.), W. Mifflin @ Central Library (126 W. Mifflin Street), Wisconsin & E. Mifflin (117 Wisconsin Avenue), E. Wilson & MLK (38 East Wilson Street), W. Wilson & MLK (22 West Wilson Street)
    "Enjoy holiday fun and great shopping—including trolley rides, free family shows, crafting, music, and more, plus special offers and refreshments from participating merchants—at the Downtown Holiday Open House."

    Visit Santa at Hilldale!
    Cost: FREE
    Location: Hillsdale Shopping Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: Hilldale North (726 N. Midvale Blvd.)
    "VISIT SANTA CLAUS AT HILLDALE THRU DECEMBER 24TH! Santa Claus welcomes all little visitors to his holiday headquarters at Hilldale! Bring your camera to capture precious memories! Support our partner The River Food Pantry this holiday season by donating a non-perishable food item when you stop by this year! For more info on Santa's Headquarters Hours visit here."
    Saturday | November 28, 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.”

    Downtown Holiday Open House
    Cost: Free to walk around!
    Time: Begins at 9:30am
    Location: State Street & Capital Square
    Nearest BCycle Stations: Hawthorne Ct & State Street (619 State Street), W. Gilman @ Peace Park (229 W. Gilman St.), W. Mifflin @ Central Library (126 W. Mifflin Street), Wisconsin & E. Mifflin (117 Wisconsin Avenue), E. Wilson & MLK (38 East Wilson Street), W. Wilson & MLK (22 West Wilson Street)
    "Enjoy holiday fun and great shopping—including trolley rides, free family shows, crafting, music, and more, plus special offers and refreshments from participating merchants—at the Downtown Holiday Open House."

    Eleventh Annual Craftacular
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 10am - 4pm
    Location: Madison Masonic Center (301 Wisconsin Ave)
    Nearest BCycle Station: Wisconsin & E. Mifflin (117 Wisconsin Avenue)
    "Join over 70 of the areas finest artists & crafter's for our annual holiday event! Join in on the fun and help support our local artists!"

    Visit Santa at Hilldale!
    Cost: FREE
    Location: Hillsdale Shopping Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: Hilldale North (726 N. Midvale Blvd.)
    "VISIT SANTA CLAUS AT HILLDALE THRU DECEMBER 24TH! Santa Claus welcomes all little visitors to his holiday headquarters at Hilldale! Bring your camera to capture precious memories! Support our partner The River Food Pantry this holiday season by donating a non-perishable food item when you stop by this year! For more info on Santa's Headquarters Hours visit here."

    Christmas Carol Sing in Overture Hall
    Cost: FREE 
    Time: 7pm - 8pm 
    Location: Overture Center 
    Nearest BCycle Station: W. Mifflin @ Central Library (126 W. Mifflin Street)
    "The Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) invites the entire community to sing along with the Overture Concert Organ at a free Christmas Carol Sing in Overture Hall, 201 State Street, Sat., Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome and no registration or tickets are required. MSO Principal Organist and Curator Samuel Hutchison will lead the carol singing, which will last approximately one hour."

    Sunday | November 29, 2015
    Visit Santa at Hilldale!
    Cost: FREE
    Location: Hillsdale Shopping Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: Hilldale North (726 N. Midvale Blvd.)
    "VISIT SANTA CLAUS AT HILLDALE THRU DECEMBER 24TH! Santa Claus welcomes all little visitors to his holiday headquarters at Hilldale! Bring your camera to capture precious memories! Support our partner The River Food Pantry this holiday season by donating a non-perishable food item when you stop by this year! For more info on Santa's Headquarters Hours visit here."

    E. Wilson & MLK

    38 East Wilson Stree

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