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  • Take Madison BCycle "Back To School"!

    by Martha Laugen | Sep 01,2015

    We're taking you BACK TO SCHOOL with the best way to get around Madison! 

    Back to School ALLFrom September 2nd - 9th enjoy FREE TRIPS at any station and some incredible savings on memberships.
    Details:

    FREE TRIPS:

    Head to any station kiosk, follow the prompts, swipe a credit card and ride for 30min. or less ON US! 

    HALF-PRICE MEMBERSHIP:
    Click Join Now to sign up for annual membership for 50% off. Enter the code BACKTOSCHOOL when prompted and set up your new (or renewed) membership for just $32.50! That means a year of unlimited trips, 30min or less - what an A+ deal!!

    LOVE TO RIDE MADISON BIKE CHALLENGE:

    This challenge wants to bring together the Madison community to encourage each other to ride a bike and enjoy all the benefits of bicycling. Just by riding for 10 minutes, and encouraging a friend or two to ride, you can win some great prizes! Plus - you can make your rides on BCycles for FREE! Click here for more details.

  • Events in Madison | August 27 - 30, 2015

    by Christina Otten | Aug 27,2015

    Don’t forget to join us TONIGHT at Olin Park for the New Belgium Clips Beer & Film Tour! If you’re a BCycle member (annual or monthly), please B there and we’ll check in your BCycle with our virtual check-in!  Check here for more info. Can’t wait to see you all! B there or B square!

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     Check out these events for the rest of the weekend here in beautiful Madison.


    THURSDAY | August 27, 2015

    Yoga at The Edgewater Spa & Wellness Center
    Cost: $20 drop-in without pre-registration. $16 drop-in with pre-registration. Discounted class packs and member rates available.
    Time: Begins at 12pm
    Location: The Edgewater (1001 Wisconsin Place)
    Nearest BCycle station: W. Gilman @ Peace Park (229 W. Gilman St)
    “Jumpstart your practice through an exploration of movement that blends mindful alignment and focused breath work. You’ll learn how to reduce stress on the joints, improve posture, spark vitality, and stoke the digestive fires, which play a major role in overall health and balance. Effective modifications and hands-on assists help you take your practice to new levels. The class ends with a soothing aromatherapy-infused relaxation. For further details and information, contact: spa@theedgewater.com or 608.535.8240.” 

    PechaKucha Night 
    Cost: Cash bar on site
    Time: 7pm
    Location: Monona Community Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: W. Wilson & MLK (22 West Wilson Street), E. Wilson & MLK (38 East Wilson Street)
    What is PechaKucha? The concept is simple: Each presenter shows 20 images for 20 seconds apiece. It’s an event that is never the same twice, so leave your expectations at the door. Monona Terrace is proud to serve as the official Madison site for PechaKucha International.

    Phillip Phillips on the Terrace! 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: Wristbands handed out at 4pm (first-come, first-served); Concert begins at 7:30
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “American Family Insurance and the Wisconsin Union are excited to present an evening with Phillip Phillips on the Memorial Union Terrace. Due to the need for a larger stage, the Terrace has been reconfigured for the concert, and capacity will be tightly monitored and restricted.”


    FRIDAY | August 28, 2015

    Hilldale’s Grand Wide Open 
    Cost: Free to walk around
    Time: 10am – 9pm
    Location: Hilldale Shopping Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: Hilldale North (726 N. Midvale Blvd.)
    “Stop, Shop & Dine at Hilldale’s Grand Wide Open events this weekend! Join us for live music, food carts, yoga, face painting, photo ops, style stops, kids’ activities, Hilldale Farmer’s Market, giveaways & much more. And…pick up a Hilldale Passport at one of our participating businesses to enter to win one of the 3 - $500 Hilldale shopping sprees we’ll be giving away. More info at: www.hilldale.com.”


    Yoga at The Edgewater Spa & Wellness Center
    Cost: $20 drop-in without pre-registration. $16 drop-in with pre-registration. Discounted class packs and member rates available.
    Time: Begins at 12pm
    Location: The Edgewater (1001 Wisconsin Place)
    Nearest BCycle station: W. Gilman @ Peace Park (229 W. Gilman St)
    “Jumpstart your practice through an exploration of movement that blends mindful alignment and focused breath work. You’ll learn how to reduce stress on the joints, improve posture, spark vitality, and stoke the digestive fires, which play a major role in overall health and balance. Effective modifications and hands-on assists help you take your practice to new levels. The class ends with a soothing aromatherapy-infused relaxation. For further details and information, contact: spa@theedgewater.com or 608.535.8240.”

    Behind the Beat Tritonics
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 5pm – 7pm
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “Kick off the weekend with jazz on the Terrace.”

    Dane Dances!
     
    Time: 5:30 - 9:30pm
    Location: Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: W. Wilson & MLK (22 West Wilson Street), E. Wilson & MLK (38 East Wilson Street)
    “Monona Terrace is thrilled to again serve as the home of Dane Dances! This summer music series is of Madison’s most popular summertime events! Great dancing, eclectic food and the opportunity to connect with other people from diverse backgrounds draws an average of 3,000 people to the rooftop every Friday evening in August. These special concerts were created to help break down racial barriers and bring people of all backgrounds together for a night of free entertainment and dancing.”

    Friday Live Music & Fish Fry on the Plaza with Shelley Faith
    Time: 6pm - 9pm
    Location: The Edgewater (1001 Wisconsin Place)
    Nearest BCycle station: W. Gilman @ Peace Park (229 W. Gilman St)
    “Every Friday enjoy great fried fish, fabulous views, & live music.”

    WUD Music Presents: Madison County 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 9pm
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “Over the years, Madison County has released three full CDs ("Diamond In the Rough", "Make My Way Back Home", and "Enjoy the Ride"), as well as recent 6-song EP with an Indie label, out of Nashville, entitled "Perspective", which included the self titled single that was voted "Best Country Song" at the MAMA Awards. The group has sold over 10,000 CDs and have had five local radio releases.”


    SATURDAY | August 29, 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: S. Hamilton & W. Main (103 South Carroll Street), 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’s Grand Wide Open 
    Cost: Free to walk around
    Time: 10am – 9pm
    Location: Hilldale Shopping Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: Hilldale North (726 N. Midvale Blvd.)
    “Stop, Shop & Dine at Hilldale’s Grand Wide Open events this weekend! Join us for live music, food carts, yoga, face painting, photo ops, style stops, kids’ activities, Hilldale Farmer’s Market, giveaways & much more. And…pick up a Hilldale Passport at one of our participating businesses to enter to win one of the 3 - $500 Hilldale shopping sprees we’ll be giving away. More info at: www.hilldale.com.”
    SUNDAY | August 30, 2015

    Hilldale’s Grand Wide Open 
    Cost: Free to walk around
    Time: 11am – 6pm
    Location: Hilldale Shopping Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: Hilldale North (726 N. Midvale Blvd.)
    “Stop, Shop & Dine at Hilldale’s Grand Wide Open events this weekend! Join us for live music, food carts, yoga, face painting, photo ops, style stops, kids’ activities, Hilldale Farmer’s Market, giveaways & much more. And…pick up a Hilldale Passport at one of our participating businesses to enter to win one of the 3 - $500 Hilldale shopping sprees we’ll be giving away. More info at: www.hilldale.com.”


    Enjoy your weekend & See you tonight at Olin Park! 

    Happy riding! And as always, #ridethered 

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  • Events in Madison | August 20 - 23, 2015

    by Christina Otten | Aug 20,2015

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    With all the rainy weather the past couple of days, all we can do is hope for more BCycle friendly weather...although with the front and rear splash guards, BCycles are pretty great to ride when its raining. Here is what is going on in Madison this weekend! Note, not all of 
    these events are free so pay close attention to the cost. Have a great weekend everyone!



    THURSDAY | August 20, 2015
    Lecture: The Japanese Influence on French Prints
    Time: 5:30 – 6:30PM
    Location: The Chazen Auditorium
    Nearest BCycle Station: N. Lake St. @ University Ave. (381 N. Lake St.)
    “Presented in conjunction with the exhibition,Print Tsunami: Japonisme and Paris.”

    Yoga at The Edgewater Spa & Wellness Center
    Cost: $20 drop-in without pre-registration. $16 drop-in with pre-registration. Discounted class packs and member rates available.
    Time: Begins at 5:30
    Location: The Edgewater (1001 Wisconsin Place)
    Nearest BCycle station: W. Gilman @ Peace Park (229 W. Gilman St)“Jumpstart your practice through an exploration of movement that blends mindful alignment and focused breath work. You’ll learn how to reduce stress on the joints, improve posture, spark vitality, and stoke the digestive fires, which play a major role in overall health and balance. Effective modifications and hands-on assists help you take your practice to new levels. The class ends with a soothing aromatherapy-infused relaxation. For further details and information, contact: spa@theedgewater.com or 608.535.8240.”
    FRIDAY | August 21, 2015
    Yoga at The Edgewater Spa & Wellness Center
    Cost: $20 drop-in without pre-registration. $16 drop-in with pre-registration. Discounted class packs and member rates available.
    Time: Begins at 12pm
    Location: The Edgewater (1001 Wisconsin Place)
    Nearest BCycle station: W. Gilman @ Peace Park (229 W. Gilman St)
    “Jumpstart your practice through an exploration of movement that blends mindful alignment and focused breath work. You’ll learn how to reduce stress on the joints, improve posture, spark vitality, and stoke the digestive fires, which play a major role in overall health and balance. Effective modifications and hands-on assists help you take your practice to new levels. The class ends with a soothing aromatherapy-infused relaxation. For further details and information, contact: spa@theedgewater.com or 608.535.8240.”

    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! 

    Terrace Irish Fest
    Cost: Free
    Time: Begins at 4pm (Click HERE for times & lineups)
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “Join us on the terrace for Irish Fest 2015!”

     Dane Dances!
    Time: 5:30 - 9:30pm
    Location: Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: W. Wilson & MLK (22 West Wilson Street), E. Wilson & MLK (38 East Wilson Street)
    “Monona Terrace is thrilled to again serve as the home of Dane Dances! This summer music series is of Madison’s most popular summertime events! Great dancing, eclectic food and the opportunity to connect with other people from diverse backgrounds draws an average of 3,000 people to the rooftop every Friday evening in August. These special concerts were created to help break down racial barriers and bring people of all backgrounds together for a night of free entertainment and dancing.”

    Friday Live Music & Fish Fry
     on the Plaza with Mark Croft
    Time: 6pm - 9pm
    Location: The Edgewater (1001 Wisconsin Place)
    Nearest BCycle station: W. Gilman @ Peace Park (229 W. Gilman St)
    “Every Friday enjoy great fried fish, fabulous views, & live music.”


    SATURDAY | August 22, 2015

    Dane County Farmers Market
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 6am - 2pm
    Location: Capitol Square
    Nearest BCycle stations: S. Hamilton & W. Main (103 South Carroll Street), 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 
    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.”

    The Edgewater Announces Free Wellness Classes on The Plaza  
    Cost: FREE
    Time: Begins at 9am
    Location: The Edgewater (1001 Wisconsin Place)
    Nearest BCycle station: W. Gilman @ Peace Park (229 W. Gilman St)
    “Participants will receive complimentary fitness passes to The Edgewater Spa & Wellness Center, which include access to 3 movement studios, a relaxation pool, steam room, full-service lockers and 3 hours of complimentary parking (value of $10). Participants will also be able to participate in giveaways of fitness memberships, gift cards, retail products and much more. Samapatti Yoga is rooted in the science and philosophy of Raja Yoga, the royal path. Following the Himalayan tradition, the practice explores the union of body, mind and spirit through the breath. Eight separate limbs are incorporated into the practice including ways of living, postures, breathing, relaxation, concentration and meditation. Leading with your internal compass, Patti invites you to join her to open and expand and to uncover and discover your uniqueness. Class is open to the public, and participants are encouraged to bring their own mats.”

    20th Annual Wisconsin Art Pottery Show and Sale
    Cost: $6 admission fee
    Time: 9am – 4pm
    Location: Alliant Energy Center (1919 Alliant Energy Way)
    Nearest BCycle Station: Sheraton Hotel (1702 Rimrock Road)
    “Featuring 50 dealers selling vintage & contemporary ceramics including art pottery, dinnerware, stoneware, tile and figurines! Wisconsin Pottery Association members will informally identify / evaluate your pottery item (limit one piece please) at the Show & Exhibit."


    SUNDAY | August 23, 2015
    Yum Yum Fest 
    Cost: $10 admission, $5 food and drink tickets (children under 12 are free admission)
    Time: 3pm – 8pm
    Location: Madison Central Park (202 S. Ingersoll Street)
    Nearest BCycle Station: S. Few & Williamson (387 S. Few)
    “Yum Yum Fest is an annual end of summer celebration organized by the Madison Area Chefs Network (MACN) to benefit food-related programming for children in Madison Central Park. The festival features dishes and drinks from twenty-four of the most celebrated restaurants in the Madison Area with exciting regional and national music acts."

    Sundae Funday
    Cost: $10 per “passport” that allows you to taste a sample from each vendor.
    Time: 12pm – 5pm
    Location: Olbrich Gardens
    Nearest BCycle Station: Olbrich Gardens (3330 Atwood Avenue)
    “This is Madison's first ever major Ice Cream Festival featuring samples of ice cream, custard, and fro-yo from local brands such as A&W Windsor, Calliope Ice Cream, Java Cat Gelato, La Coppa Gelato, Michaels Frozen Custard, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Sassy Cow Creamery, and Schoeps's Ice Cream. You’ll also be able to enjoy games, craft activities and entertainment throughout the day, rain or shine."

    Terrace Irish Fest 
    Cost: Free
    Time: Begins at 4pm (Click HERE for times & lineups)
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “Join us on the terrace for Irish Fest 2015!”


    Happy riding! And as always, #ridethered
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  • Top Rider Tuesday | Peyman Morteza

    by Christina Otten | Aug 18,2015

    664753_10101720999724637_1875428522_oHow is it Tuesday again already!? It seems like our beautiful summer is quickly coming to an end. Fortunately, our wonderful BCycles are still here! One rider, Peyman Morteza  loves BCycle and takes full advantage of everything it offers. In fact, Peyman is currently our #10 Top Rider and has 227 trips thus far! Lets meet our Top Rider for this Tuesday:



    Name
    : Peyman Morteza
    Hometown: Tehran
    Occupation: Graduate student in Mathematics
    Favorite BCycle station and why: The one on N. Park Street and by the lake Mendota (i.e. the Memorial Union Station) because it is a nice station!
    Favorite ice cream flavor: Cookies and Cream
    Favorite restaurant in Madison:  Fugu, close to the W. Gilman @ Peace Park and University & Bassett Station
    Favorite thing to do during Summer: Kayaking with Hoofers
    Brat, dog, or burger? Dog
    Favorite quote: No pain no gain!
    Do you own your own bicycle? If so, why do you choose to ride BCycle as well? I used to have a bicycle but nowadays I only use BCycle. First of all it is always accessible and parking is super quick, but there is another great advantage of BCycle bikes: You can always check out bikes up the hill (Say one of the stations around the capital) and then enjoy a nice ride down to the hill (potential energy converts to Kinetic energy and you do not even need pedaling), but you can never have such a ride with your own bike because you need to spend energy to put your bike up the hill (Law of conservation energy!) but BCycle bikes are always up there and you can check in bikes down the hill and enjoy your ride!

    Thanks, Peyman! It’s always fun to get the insight of a Top Ten Rider! 
    Have a great rest of your week everyone! Happy riding, and as always #ridethered!

  • Events in Madison | August 13-16, 2015

    by Christina Otten | Aug 13,2015

    Happy moving weekend Madisonians! If you're not moving this weekend, I am so envious of you. Check out this picture by our University & Bassett Station: IMG_0078 
    So many UHAULs, so little time. In between your packing, make sure to check out the list of events below; BCycle to the Terrace, grab a pitcher, listen to some music...you deserve it!



    THURSDAY | August 13, 2015

    Steel City Jug Slammers  
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 5pm – 7pm
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “Kick off the weekend with jazz on the Terrace.”

    Kanopy Dance & Friends at Top of State
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 5pm -7pm
    Location: 100 N. Carroll Street
    Nearest BCycle Station: Wisconsin & E. Mifflin (117 Wisconsin Avenue),  W. Mifflin @ Central Library (126 W. Mifflin Street)
    “Join Kanopy Dance and Friends for an artistic and international outdoor dance performance at 30 on the Square in Downtown Madison. The show will include a variety of modern dances with origins from a wide range of ethnic and martial arts-from Mexican Folkloric and Irish to Capoiera and Middle Eastern dance. Take the stage outside and revel in the experience of open-air dance.”


    Yoga at The Edgewater Spa & Wellness Center
    Cost: $20 drop-in without pre-registration. $16 drop-in with pre-registration. Discounted class packs and member rates available.
    Time: Begins at 5:30 – 6:30pm
    Location: The Edgewater (1001 Wisconsin Place)
    Nearest BCycle station: W. Gilman @ Peace Park (229 W. Gilman St)
    “Jumpstart your practice through an exploration of movement that blends mindful alignment and focused breath work. You’ll learn how to reduce stress on the joints, improve posture, spark vitality, and stoke the digestive fires, which play a major role in overall health and balance. Effective modifications and hands-on assists help you take your practice to new levels. The class ends with a soothing aromatherapy-infused relaxation. For further details and information, contact: spa@theedgewater.com or 608.535.8240.”


    FRIDAY | August 14, 2015

    WUD Music Presents: Cash Box Kings w/Paul Filipowicz and The Ryan McGrath Band 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: Begins at 5pm
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “Hailing from the 'Windy City,' Blind Pig recording artists the Cash Box Kings are keeping REAL DEAL, old-school Chicago blues alive and thriving. The band is dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the 1940's and 50's post-war Chicagoblues sound as well as the Delta blues music of the 20s and 30s.”

    Dane Dances!
     
    Time: 5:30 - 9:30pm
    Location: Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: W. Wilson & MLK (22 West Wilson Street), E. Wilson & MLK (38 East Wilson Street)
    “Monona Terrace is thrilled to again serve as the home of Dane Dances! This summer music series is of Madison’s most popular summertime events! Great dancing, eclectic food and the opportunity to connect with other people from diverse backgrounds draws an average of 3,000 people to the rooftop every Friday evening in August. These special concerts were created to help break down racial barriers and bring people of all backgrounds together for a night of free entertainment and dancing.”
    SATURDAY | August 15, 2015

    Dane County Farmer's Market
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 6am - 2pm
    Location: Capitol Square
    Nearest BCycle stations: S. Hamilton & W. Main (103 South Carroll Street), 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 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 7am - 1pm
    Location: Hilldale Shopping Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: Hilldale North (726 N. Midvale Blvd.)

    The Edgewater Announces Free Wellness Classes on The Plaza 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: Begins at 9am
    Location: The Edgewater (1001 Wisconsin Place)
    Nearest BCycle station: W. Gilman @ Peace Park (229 W. Gilman St)
    “Participants will receive complimentary fitness passes to The Edgewater Spa & Wellness Center, which include access to 3 movement studios, a relaxation pool, steam room, full-service lockers and 3 hours of complimentary parking (value of $10). Participants will also be able to participate in giveaways of fitness memberships, gift cards, retail products and much more. Samapatti Yoga is rooted in the science and philosophy of Raja Yoga, the royal path. Following the Himalayan tradition, the practice explores the union of body, mind and spirit through the breath. Eight separate limbs are incorporated into the practice including ways of living, postures, breathing, relaxation, concentration and meditation. Leading with your internal compass, Patti invites you to join her to open and expand and to uncover and discover your uniqueness. Class is open to the public, and participants are encouraged to bring their own mats.”

    WUD Music Presents
    : The Jimmys
     w/ Johnny Chimes 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: Begins at 9pm
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “The Jimmys have been tearing up stages and clubs for nearly 10 years and show no signs of slowing down. With their unique blend of blues, soul, funk and R&B the band brings a party every time they hit the stage. Led by the award winning keyboardist Jimmy Voegeli, he has assembled an all star lineup that is sure to impress.”
    Make sure to check out the interns new YouTube video: Dock, Lock & Drop It! We teach you how to properly dock a BCycle, how to use the BCycle built-in lock, and what to do if approaching a full B Station!

    Happy riding BCyclers! And as always, #ridethered!

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