Albuquerque Rolls Out Bike Share Project on Bike to Work Day!
(May 12, 2015 - Albuquerque, NM) –This Friday, May 15th is Bike to Work Day, and this year the residents of Albuquerque will have something extra to celebrate – the launch of Albuquerque’s first bike share program! On May 15, 65 bikes at 13 different locations will now be available for use. Albuquerque Bike Share- or BICI (pronounced “BEE-see”) is working with bike share leader Zagster on a pilot project that provides bicycles that can be shared by residents and visitors - initially within the downtown area. BICI is the result of the collective efforts of The DowntownABQ Main Street Initiative, the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) and the City of Albuquerque.
“I am pleased how our community has rallied around this new project,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry, City of Albuquerque. "This is a very cool new feature for Downtown Albuquerque. This promotes convenience, fitness, and the overall livelihood of our city.”
Zagster is providing Breezer Uptown, an award-winning bike known for its lightweight, yet durable construction, specifically designed for city riding. Bikes come with spacious baskets perfect for groceries, take out, or any number of other items. Each bicycle has an attached lock allowing riders the convenience to park most anywhere.
“Bike sharing systems no longer are reserved for big cities with big budgets,” said Timothy Ericson, co-founder and CEO of Zagster. “Cities like Albuquerque are showing that everyone can — and should — have access to a bike when they want one.”
A news conference celebrating Bike to Work Day and the BICI launch is planned for this Friday beginning at 8 am on the northeast corner of Civic Plaza with presentations by Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, the PNM Resources Foundation, Zagster executives, and representatives of the DowntownABQ MainStreet Initiative and MRCOG.
BICI LAUNCH NEWS CONFERENCE!
The Northeast Corner of Civic Plaza
Friday, May 15th at 8:00 a.m.
FREE Bike to Work Giveaways!
HOW BIKE SHARE WORKS
Membership in the Albuquerque bike share is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Eligible participants must have a valid credit or debit card to become a member. Bike share accounts are set up by visiting http://zagster.com/abq/. Currently, there are 13-bike stations throughout the downtown corridor at which a person can pick up or drop off a bike (see website for specific station locations). Once a rider has set up his or her account, renting a bike is as easy as four simple steps:
Find the bike you want to borrow. Enter its number into the app on your mobile device. Tap “Start Ride,” and
you’ll get a code to open and close the lockbox.
Use the key from inside the lockbox to operate the U-Lock that attaches the bike to its station. Close the lockbox before you ride.
Have fun and stay safe! Use the U-lock to keep the bike secure if you make stops along the way. Your lockbox code will continue to work during your ride.
When you’re done, lock the bike back to an Albuquerque Zagster Station and close the lockbox. Then go to the app and tap “End Ride.”
BICI will utilize an innovative low-cost model designed to expand as interest grows and additional resources become available. Cities around the world are using bike sharing programs to make bicycling a mainstream form of transportation for everyone from novices to experienced riders. Bike share trips are typically short in distance and a brief amount of time, but can also be used for longer recreational rides.
The pilot program is being funded through a hybrid approach by a PNM grant, local private sponsorship and support from the City of Albuquerque. It will run for one year, but has the potential to continue and expand because the City/County recently applied for grant funding for a city-wide bike share.
“PNM is committed to supporting the cornerstones of economically healthy and vibrant communities. BICI is an opportunity to increase engagement with the downtown community and create innovative programs for Albuquerque”, Executive Director for PNM Resources Foundation.
Contact: Augusta Meyers, MRCOG, (505) 239-8612, firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Bike Share Pilot Project Sponsor List
- City of Albuquerque
- Historic District Improvement Company
- SMG for the Albuquerque Convention Center
- Silver Moon Lodge
- FatPipe ABQ
- McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love
- Bike ABQ
- Slate Street Café
- David Blanc representing 600 Central
- Albuquerque 2030 District
- The Artichoke Café
- Country Club Plaza
- EDO East Downtown
- The Grove Café and Market
- The Lofts at Albuquerque High
- Hotel Parq Central
- Maddox & Co Realtors
- Maddox Management
- National Hispanic Cultural Center
- New Mexico Start-Up Factory, LLC
- Tal Realty
- Terra Designs
- Verge Building
- Mahlman Studio Architecture
- Tractor Brewery- Wells Park
Mid-Region Council of Governments
809 Copper Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Cell: (505) 239-8612
Fax: (505) 247-1753