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  • Construction Means Early Closure for 3 BCycle Stations

    by Martha Laugen | Sep 30,2015
    Due to construction in progress at sites within the MaBcycle Linedison BCycle system, three of our bike share stations are closing early for the 2015 season.

    The following lists stations will close early, but have nearby alternative station sites, listed below:
    Hamilton & Main: Closed August
    Closest Alternate Stations: 
    West Wilson, Central Library, East Wilson

    University & Bassett: Closed 9/30/15
    Closest Alternate Stations:
    Lake & University, Hawthorne Ct. (& State St.), Peace Park

    Doty & Pinckney: Closing on 10/8/15
    Closest Alternate Stations:
    East Wilson, West Wilson, Wisconsin & East Mifflin

    These closures are the harbinger of exciting new developments in Madison. Still, we realize they may have a potentially adverse affect on your BCycling habits and favorite destinations. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

    As we do throughout each season, we will work closely with the City of Madison and our local partners to explore temporary relocation options for the 2016 season. As we always endeaver, we will keep you posted via social media, web and email with the latest updates. For up-to-the-minute status on all stations in the Madison BCycle system, please download the free BCycle Now App for your smartphone. 

    Stay tuned, thanks for riding and here's to some exciting new developments in Madison!
  • Happy Fall! Events in Madison | September 24 - 27, 2015

    by Christina Otten | Sep 24,2015
    It may officially be Fall, but it sure doesn't feel like it! Cross your fingers for more perfect BCycling weather just like this! Here's what's happening for this coming weekend!

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    THURSDAY | September 24, 2015
    GLEAM: Art In A New Light
    Cost: Tickets ranging from $5 - $12. Click HERE for more info including dates and times! 
    Location: Olbrich Gardens 
    Nearest BCycle Station: Olbrich Gardens (3330 Atwood Avenue)
    “This fall, Olbrich Botanical Gardens unveils GLEAM, Art in a New Light, a cutting-edge exhibition featuring site-specific art and light installations in the outdoor gardens. Local artists and professional lighting designers will collaborate to create sculptural art, featuring light as a major component in each installation. GLEAM will be viewable daily, during regular public daytime hours in September and October. When the sun sets, the Gardens will open for extended viewing hours and art installations will be illuminated, inviting visitors to see the Gardens in a whole new light.”

    Zola Jesus 
    Cost: Two free tickets per UW student
    Time: 9pm
    Location: 800 Langdon (Memorial Union)
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “This UW-Madison graduate turned electronic and experimental rock diva started performing opera at the age of 10. She has released five albums of distinct, emotive and passionate music.”
    FRIDAY | September 25, 2015
    ESPN Lunchtime Live  
    Time: 12pm – 1pm
    Location: The Edgewater (1001 Wisconsin Place)
    Nearest BCycle station: W. Gilman @ Peace Park (229 W. Gilman St)
    Join The Edgewater and ESPN Wisconsin every Friday this football season for Lunchtime Live presented by CUNA Mutual Group. Each Friday from 12pm-1pm in The Statehouse, Big Ten Network Analyst and former UW receiver, Brandon Williams will be joined by a different former Badger player/coach for an hour of football talk and analysis. Enjoy great food, better drinks, and a lively discussion!”
    SATURDAY | September 26, 2015
    Hilldale Farmer’s Market 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 7am - 1pm
    Location: Hilldale Shopping Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: Hilldale North (726 N. Midvale Blvd.)
    Located at the rear of our shopping center where Segoe Road meets Heather Crest, you'll find a wonderful selection of local food purveyors with a delightful array of fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, cheese, plants, flowers and more.”

    Dane County Farmers Market 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 6am - 2pm
    Location: Capitol Square
    Nearest BCycle stations: Wisconsin & East Mifflin (117 Wisconsin Avenue), E. Doty & S. Pinckney (242 South Pinckney St), W. Mifflin @ Central Library (126 W. Mifflin Street)
    “Visit the "The Largest Producer-Only Farmers' Market in the U.S.”!”

    Isthmus OctoBEERfest
    Cost: Click HERE to purchase tickets. Your ticket will guarantee you unlimited beer and food samples!
    Time: 3pm – 7pm
    Location: Central Park (202 S. Ingersoll Street)
    Nearest BCycle Station: S. Few & Williamson (387 S. Few)
    “Head down to Central Park in Madison for the 1st annual Isthmus OktoBEERfest!” Your ticket will guarantee you unlimited beer and food samples! For ages 21 and up, and no pets allowed.
    SUNDAY | September 27, 2015
    10th Annual Zoo Run Run 
    Cost: Free to spectate
    Time: Race begins at 9am; Kids race begins at 10:30am
    Location: Henry Vilas Zoo (702 S. Randall Avenue)
    Nearest BCycle Station: Vilas Park @ Arboretum (850 S. Mills St.)
    At either 9am or 10:30, watch the exciting start of the Zoo Run Run!

    Happy Riding!! And as always, #ridethered
  • Events in Madison | September 17 - 20, 2015

    by Christina Otten | Sep 16,2015

    THURSDAY | September 16, 2015
    GLEAM: Art In A New Light
    Cost: Tickets ranging from $5 - $12. Click HERE for more info including dates and times! 
    Location: Olbrich Gardens 
    Nearest BCycle Station: Olbrich Gardens (3330 Atwood Avenue)
    “This fall, Olbrich Botanical Gardens unveils GLEAM, Art in a New Light, a cutting-edge exhibition featuring site-specific art and light installations in the outdoor gardens. Local artists and professional lighting designers will collaborate to create sculptural art, featuring light as a major component in each installation. GLEAM will be viewable daily, during regular public daytime hours in September and October. When the sun sets, the Gardens will open for extended viewing hours and art installations will be illuminated, inviting visitors to see the Gardens in a whole new light.”


    FRIDAY | September 17, 2015
    2015 Madison World Music Festival 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: Click HERE for a schedule of events 
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “Artists performing music from Niger, South Korea, Algeria, Cuba, Ethiopia and Georgia are set to transport audiences to new worlds. The festival has a unique selection of music for everyone to explore, sample and appreciate.”

    ESPN Lunchtime Live with Matt Bernstein
    Time: 12pm – 1pm
    Location: The Edgewater (1001 Wisconsin Place)
    Nearest BCycle station: W. Gilman @ Peace Park (229 W. Gilman St)
    Join The Edgewater and ESPN Wisconsin every Friday this football season for Lunchtime Live presented by CUNA Mutual Group. Each Friday from 12pm-1pm in The Statehouse, Big Ten Network Analyst and former UW receiver, Brandon Williams will be joined by a different former Badger player/coach for an hour of football talk and analysis. Enjoy great food, better drinks, and a lively discussion!”

    Lunch Time Yoga 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 12pm – 12:45pm
    Location: One N. Picnkney , Madison, WI 53703
    Nearest BCycle Stations: E. Doty & S. Pinckney (242 South Pinckney St.); Wisconsin & E. Mifflin (117 Wisconsin Avenue).
    “Led by Cindy Weber, owner of Cinergy Fitness, this bi-weekly class offers a unique opportunity for your dreams and yoga practice to merge – a combination designed to help you achieve a renewed attitude of mindfulness and gratitude. No worries if you are a yoga newbie – we’ll teach you the basics and provide a yoga mat for you!
    SATURDAY | September 18, 2015
    Hilldale Farmer’s Market 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 7am - 1pm
    Location: Hilldale Shopping Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: Hilldale North (726 N. Midvale Blvd.)
    Located at the rear of our shopping center where Segoe Road meets Heather Crest, you'll find a wonderful selection of local food purveyors with a delightful array of fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, cheese, plants, flowers and more.”

    Dane County Farmers Market
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 6am - 2pm
    Location: Capitol Square
    Nearest BCycle stations: Wisconsin & East Mifflin (117 Wisconsin Avenue), E. Doty & S. Pinckney (242 South Pinckney St), W. Mifflin @ Central Library (126 W. Mifflin Street)
    “Visit the "The Largest Producer-Only Farmers' Market in the U.S.”!”

    Hilldale Farmer's Market Autumn Harvest Festival
    Cost: FREE to walk around
    Time: 7am – 1pm
    Location: Hilldale Shopping Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: Hilldale North (726 N. Midvale Blvd.)
    “There will be kids music by David, henna tattoos by Celebrations Art Studio, face painting by Art of Christy, Ice cream from Calliope Ice Cream and samples from Sassy Farm Creamery! Be on the lookout for hot cider and pumpkin bars too!”


    Don't forget to join BCycle for the Badger Game at the Camp Randall station on Saturday afternoon before kickoff! BCycle to the game and get a free brat! What could be better?! See you all there!

    Enjoy your weekend and enjoy your ride!
    #ridethered
  • Special Announcement for Annual & Monthly BCycle Members

    by Martha Laugen | Sep 16,2015
    Please note this member update from Madison BCycle City Manager, Martha Laugen:

    Yesterday we sent a note to all annual and monthly BCycle members that we would up upgrading our credit card readers today.
     
    Here's what you need to do:
    1.  Please go online and update your credit card information. If you don't do this, your RFID card will work still work at the dock, but your credit card will not work at  the kiosk. For assistance with this, just follow these steps:
     
    • Log in to your account using username & password
    • Click on the My Profile tab, then click Edit under Credit Card Information
    • Re-enter valid credit card information (it can be the same card you used previously, as long as it is not expired).
    • Click SAVE & log out.

    2.  You will still be able to use your RFID card (your B Card) at the dock without interruption. If you are missing your B Card, please call us at 800-473-4743 to request a new card – free of charge for a limited time. 

    Why are we doing this?
    To keep up to date with ongoing credit card processing requirements
     
    What does this mean for you?

    1.  The Madison BCycle system will work just as it always has.

    2.  For a short time, members from other systems will not be able to access their membership in Madison through reciprocity (B-Connected).

    3.  Your BCycle RFID card will continue to work in the other BCycle cities which participate in B-connected, however there will be times when reciprocity in other cities will be temporary disabled during their upgrades (like this one).

    Thank you for your patience as we keep Madison BCycle up to date and as secure as possible.
     
    Thank you,
    Martha Laugen
    City Manager, Madison BCycle
    800-473-4743
  • Ironman Wisconsin: B There for Every Turn!

    by Martha Laugen | Sep 11,2015
    Sunday is the big day! Madison BCycle extends a warm welcome to all Ironman athletes, family and spectators! Here are a few key tips to make the very most of the weekend, using Madison BCycle!

    Fresh Legs!
    Use Madison BCycle to run your pre-race errands or get to dinner from your hotel. Download the BCycle Now! app for station locations and directions to the kiosk nearest you. Swipe your credit card for just $3 at any station kiosk and enjoy unlimited 30 min trips for the next 24 hours!

    Expo!
    Take a BCycle to our East Wilson or West Wilson stations for easy access to the Monona Terrace and IRONMAN Village. Visit the Trek Trailer on the terrace! BCycle cargo baskets make it easy to haul that new pair of trou back to your hotel!

    B-Supportive!
    Use the map below (and posted on key BCycle station kiosks) to follow your athlete along the course and cheer on the racers. Just $3 at any kiosk gets you unlimited 30 min. trips so track your athlete throughout the course and see them progress. Just remember to dock your BCycle every 30 minutes to avoid usage fees. 

    Ironman Kiosk and Hotel Map

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