Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Newly approved agreement lays groundwork for MetroBike expansion


Under an extended agreement approved by Austin City Council and the CapMetro Board of Directors, the MetroBike program is set to expand significantly in the future. 

According to the Interlocal Agreement, CapMetro will take over 100% of daily operations and maintenance while the City of Austin will continue to provide oversight of the program and ownership of the assets.

This will allow for the necessary staff resources to oversee a program that is growing in popularity with Austinites. In 2013, the program, then called Austin B-Cycle, had 11 stations and 100 bicycles. Now, MetroBike has 79 stations with 500 pedal bicycles and 347 e-bikes. While e-bikes make up just over 40% of the total MetroBike fleet, they account for approximately 80% of all trips. 

Under the extended agreement between the City and CapMetro, the MetroBike fleet is poised to fully electrify in the future. It will also expand, adding three times more stations and bicycles, while extending outside the downtown core. 

You can learn more about MetroBike and find a map of stations here.