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  • Freedom on 2 Wheels! BCycle Membership Sale

    by Martha Laugen | Jun 29,2015


    Freedom on 2Wheels 2015 basic

    Madison BCycle presents the Freedom on 2 Wheels membership sale!
    Join Madison BCycle for just $45 and get:
    Unlimited free trips under 30 minutes all year long on Madison BCycles
    Free B Card for quick checkouts from any of our 39 stations
    Free access to the BCycle Now! App for real-time station updates

    BCycle riders can always enjoy freedom! Freedom from
    * Paying at the pump
    * Sitting in traffic
    * Searching for parking
    * Plugging the meter

    Enjoy the freedom to experience Madison the very best way: from 2 wheels along our streets, trails and paths! Want to get started? Click here to join or renew and enter the code FREEDOM15 when prompted to save $20 on annual membership. Already a member? Tell a friend and share the freedom! 
    Start to #RidetheRed today and experience the Freedom on 2 Wheels!!

    Offer good through July 6, 2015. 
  • Events In Madison | June 25-28, 2015

    by Christina Otten | Jun 25,2015

    It’s almost Friday!! That means it is time to start planning, because there are TONS of totally free events happening in Madison this weekend. Not only are all of the following events completely free, but they are also located right by a BCycle station… which means parking is free too! Take a look at what’s happening for the weekend of June 25 – 28 in Madison:

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    THURSDAY | June, 25, 2015
    Terrace After Dark: Bluegrass Series - Down from the Hills
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 5pm - 7pm
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)

    “Enjoy this weekly tradition of bluegrass and Americana on the Terrace.”

    FRIDAY | June 26, 2015
    Terrace After Dark: Behind the Beat, The Goodie Two Shoes
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 5pm - 7pm
    Location: Memorial Union
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)

    “Kick off the weekend with jazz on the Terrace.”

    FRIDAY | June 26, 2015

    Live on King Street featuring Dark Star Orchestra 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 6pm - 10pm
    Location: 100 King Street (Right in front of the Majestic)
    Nearest BCycle Station: E. Doty & S. Pinckney (242 South Pinckney St.)

    “Because live music & summer & beer were meant to go together. And because we love you, Madison."

    FRIDAY | June 26, 2015
    Concerts on the Rooftop with the Jimmys 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 7pm - 9pm
    Location:  William T. Evjue Rooftop Garden (One John Nolen Drive) 
    Nearest BCycle stations: E. Wilson & MLK (38 East Wilson Street), W. Wilson & MLK (22 West Wilson Street)

    “A truly unique Madison experience!  Enjoy spectacular local bands accompanied by the best views in the city!  Concerts on the Rooftop offer a wonderful opportunity for networking after work, or kicking back with friends and family.”

    FRIDAY | June 26, 2015
    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)

    “Friday Fish Fry on The Plaza, need we say more! Join us on The Plaza every Friday and enjoy great fried fish, fabulous views, and live music. In the event of rain, music will take place in The Boathouse.”

    FRIDAY | June 26, 2015
    Terrace After Dark: WUD Music Presents: Catch Kid
    Cost: FREE
    Time: Begins at 9pm
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)

    “An up and coming alternative rock trio emerging from the snowdrifts of Wisconsin. Catch Kid is dubbed as the tallest band in the city of Madison.”

    SATURDAY | June 27, 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.”!”

    SATURDAY | June 27, 2015
    Hilldale Farmer's Market Verry Berry Festival 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 7am - 1pm
    Location: Hilldale Shopping Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: Hilldale North (726 N. Midvale Blvd.)

    “Start off your summer with a quart of juicy, just picked strawberries from Hilldale Farmer's Market Verry Berry Festival, Saturday, June 27th! Bring the entire family to Price Place (Hilldale's Main Street) where the Hilldale Farmer's Market will host its 3rd annual Verry Berry Festival! There will be musical entertainment, demonstrations, free treats & samples, kids' activities, berry recipes & more!”

    SATURDAY | June 27, 2015
    Shake the Lake 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: Begins at 5pm, Fireworks at 10pm
    Check the
    website for a list of when and where each event takes place, and the BCycle station map to see all 39 station locations!

    “The Festival Foods Shake the Lake event zone will be free of charge and open to the public between Broom and Blair Streets with the live music stage located on the southwest side of the Monona Terrace tunnel."

    SATURDAY | June 27, 2015
    Terrace After Dark: WUD Music Presents: Lazydeadpoet with Giant Step and Mascot Theory 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: Begins at 9pm
    Location: Memorial Union
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)

    “Bringing high energy to an otherwise lowly sound, Lazydeadpoet has brought the Delta Blues into the 21st century.”

    SATURDAY & SUNDAY | June 27- 28, 2015
    Midwest Log Rolling Championships 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: Begins 12pm on Saturday; 10am on Saturday
    Location: Wingra Park and Boat Livery - 824 Knickerbocker Street
    Nearest BCycle Station:  Monroe & Knickerbocker (701 Knickerbocker St.)

    “Join us as we celebrate the lumberjack heritage of Wisconsin while raising money for the Huntington's Disease Society of America!”

    ~

    Just a reminder: if you take any BCycle pictures this weekend (or any time), we would very much like to see them! Feel free to share them with us on our Facebook page. 

    Enjoy your weekend! And as always, #ridethered.

    Stay Tuned:
    “Meet the Interns | Brandon Caplin” on June 30.
    “What’s Coming Up This Weekend?” on July 2.
  • Meet the Interns | Christina Otten

    by Christina Otten | Jun 24,2015

    Happy Wednesday!

    Summer has finally arrived in style here in Madison, and alongwith it, a new group of summer interns at Madison BCycle. This year, there are three of us: Madeline Rojer, Brandon Caplin, and Christina Otten (that’s me!).


    As interns, we are responsible for most of the social media (i.e. Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and this blog) that you all see on a daily basis. Because of our new presence in your lives, we t
    hought it would be a great time to introduce ourselves so you can get a feel for who we are! 

    Without further ado, allow me to introduce myself.

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    Hi! My name is Christina Otten. I was born and raised in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, which you have probably passed on the interstate heading East to Milwaukee. I am studying English Literature and Religious Studies at UW-Madison. I will be a senior (scary, right!?) in the fall and plan to graduate in December of this year. You’re probably wondering what an English Lit major is doing as a marketing intern. As an intern at BCycle I have been given the opportunity to explore several of my career interests: social media, writing, and general communication, and have enjoyed every minute so far! 


    I started the internship on May 4
    th (I remember that because someone at my orientation was wearing a “May the 4th Be With You” t-shirt), and since then have been able to meet so many of you awesome BCyclers along with other Madisonians. You may have seen me sometime during Bike Week, on a BCycle Brunch Tour, or just around town enjoying the benefits of BCycle. If we haven’t met, I would love to introduce myself in person, so stop by one of our future events and say “Hi!"

    Some Christina Otten fast facts:

    Name: Christina Otten

    Age
    : 21

    From: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

    Favorite BCycle station and why: It’s a tie between the one at Union South and by Memorial Union because I often go back and forth between the two!

    My role as an intern: T
    o regularly post on Instagram, attend events, to write these blogs, and actively promote Madison’s awesome bike share program!

    Favorite ice cream flavor: Easy, Mint Chocolate Chip!

    Favorite restaurant in Madison: Do coffee shops count for restaurants? 
    If so, Michelangelo’s Coffee House on State. (It’s a two-minute walk to the W. Mifflin @ Central Library station!)

    Favorite thing to do during Summer: Sail! I grew up racing sailboats on a lake in Oconomowoc, and it’s still my absolute favorite thing to do.

    Brat, dog, or burger?
    Burger!

    Favorite quote:
    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain.

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     Thanks for letting me share a little about myself, and I really do hope to meet as many of you as possible. Happy riding! And as always, #ridethered

     

    Stay Tuned:
    “What’s Coming Up This Weekend?” on June 25.
    “Meet the Interns | Brandon Caplin” on June 30.

  • Events In Madison | June 19-21, 2015

    by Christina Otten | Jun 19,2015


    Madison is the best place to be, especially during summertime. Whether you’re taking a bike ride on the Monona Bike Path or enjoying a summer sunset on the Terrace, our city is filled with tons of fun things to do. Here is a look at some events around Madison this weekend; all are very near a BCycle station, so if you have never tried checking one out before, this would be a great time to give it a spin (pun intended)!

    FRIDAY | June 19, 2015
    Concerts on the Rooftop featuring The Boogie Men
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 7 - 9pm
    Location:  William T. Evjue Rooftop Garden (One John Nolen Drive) 
    Nearest BCycle stations: E. Wilson & MLK (38 East Wilson Street), W. Wilson & MLK (22 West Wilson Street)

    “Enjoy spectacular local bands accompanied by the best views in the city! Concerts on the Rooftop offer a wonderful opportunity for networking after work, or kicking back with friends and family.”

    FRIDAY | June 19, 2015
    Fish Fry Fridays with guitarist Ken Wheaton 
    Time: 6 - 9pm
    Location: The Edgewater (1001 Wisconsin Place)
    Nearest BCycle station: W. Gilman @ Peace Park (229 W. Gilman St)

    "Friday Fish Fry on The Plaza, need we say more! Join us on The Plaza every Friday and enjoy great fried fish, fabulous views, and live music."

    FRIDAY & SATURDAY | JUNE 19 & 20, 2015
    Isthmus Jazz Fest
    Cost: FREE
    Location: Memorial Union
    Click Here for a full line-up of the FREE performers!
    Click Here for information about headliner: Freddy Cole
    Cost for Freddy Cole concert: $10 for students, $20 - $20 for general public
    Nearest BCycle station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)

    SATURDAY | JUNE 20, 2015
    Capital Lakes DragonFest
    Time: Races begin at 8:30am
    Location: Vilas Park (702 S. Randall Ave)
    Nearest BCycle station: Vilas Park @ Arboretum (850 S. Mills St.)
    Click Here for a the full schedule 

    “The Capital Lakes DragonFest is a perfect opportunity to share this exciting new sport with the community, showcase another beautiful way to enjoy the City’s green space and lakes and build community through a family-friendly event.”

    SATURDAY | June 20, 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.”!

    SATURDAY | June 20, 2015
    The Farmers Market Organ Concert
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 11am
    Location: Overture Center
    Nearest BCycle station: W. Mifflin @ Central Library (126 W. Mifflin Street)

    "Step into the cool expanse of Overture Hall on Saturday, June 20, during the Dane County Farmers' Market on the Capitol Square to enjoy the gift of beautiful music with the Madison Symphony Orchestra's Overture Concert Organ. Bring your family and friends for a relaxing 45-minute free concert. No tickets or reservations are needed and all ages are welcome!"

    SATURDAY | June 20, 2015
    Juneteenth Day Celebration
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 10am-6pm
    Location: Olin Park (1156 Olin-Turville Court)
    Nearest BCycle station: Sheraton Hotel (1702 Rimrock Rd)

    "This special community celebration at Olin Park will include a parade, food vendors, crafts, and music."

    SUNDAY | June 21, 2015
    Make Music Madison 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 7am – 9pm
    Location: All around Madison
    Check out a map of all of our BCycle stations to find the most convenient one for you! 

    "A way for all Madisonians to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoying the longest day of the year, while sampling a buffet of musical merriment."

    ~

    If you take any awesome BCycle pictures this weekend, we 
    would love to see them! Feel free to share them with us on our Facebook page. 

    Enjoy your weekend! And as always, #ridethered.

  • BCycle and Wisconsin Bike Week

    by Martha Laugen | Jun 01,2015
    We are so excited about all of the bike-centered events coming up for Wisconsin Bike Week! Bike Week is a great time to get out on a BCycle (or another bike) and enjoy family, friends, food and the great city of Madison. 
     
    Know someone who's never tried a BCycle? Let's get them riding! Madison BCycle is offering FREE 30 minute trips all week long at any of our 39 stations
     
    Care about bicycling in Wisconsin?
    Join or renew with the Wisconsin Bike Fed during Bike Week, and you will receive a FREE Madison BCycle annual membership!

    Here's a look at what's happening all week:

    Sunday June 7th | 10am - 3pm
    Wisconsin Bike Week kicks off with Ride the Drive. This is a "car-free, care free event" with live music, plenty of food, and many activities for everyone! Stop by the Trek / BCycle stretch on John Nolen Drive for tons of fun, including -- but not limited to -- BCycle races, bike blender smoothies, and test rides.
     
    Monday, June 8th | 6pm - 8pm
    Ladies, this one is just for you! Stop by the Brittingham Park Shelter for the Women's Cycling Social. Here, you can win a raffle prize and maybe meet a new riding partner! We will be there offering test rides and a B Station tutorial. Hope to see you there!
     
    Tuesday June 9th | 7am - 9am
    Start your morning off right and join us for a cup of coffee by the Camp Randall Commuter Station on your way to work! 

    Wednesday June 10th | 7pm - 10pm
    Join us for a night at the Duck Pond! Maybe we'll even see Maynard himself on a BCycle! 
     
    Thursday June 11th | 7am - 9am
    Stop by the Camp Randall Commuter Station again on your way to work!
     
    Friday June 12th | 5pm - 8pm
    The "last hurrah" of Bike Week will commence in style at Olin Park. This family friendly party will have plenty of treats, pizza, and drinks for everyone! Members can BCycle there to check in at our virtual kiosk. 
    We cannot wait for Bike Week, and we hope to see you at one... or all of the events! 

    Happy Riding! 
     

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