Austin’s B-cycle breaks records during SXSW

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin’s B-Cycle bikeshare system set a single-day U.S. record on March 14 during South by Southwest, the nonprofit said Monday.

During the 10-day festival, B-cycle had 17,724 bike checkouts and tracked users riding 22,744 miles. The system saw an average of 6.1 checkouts per bike per day over the 10-day period.

On March 14, the system set a U.S. record of 2,774 checkouts for an average of  10.1 checkouts per bike/per day. The previous record of 7.2 checkouts per bike per day was set by New York City’s bikeshare program in September 2013.

The most popular location during the festival was at the Austin Convention Center with 1,828 checkouts, followed by the Rainey Street Davis station with 1,042 and City Hall’s location with 820.

“Not only are we thrilled by how attendees embraced our system, we are impressed by how well the B-cycle bikes, stations, and software held up to the high usage,”  Elliot McFadden, Executive Director of Austin B-cycle, said.

To help balance number of bikes at each station, The Austin B-cycle staff and volunteers did an additional 2,975 bike checkouts during SXSW.

Austin B-cycle is a local non-profit organization managing the bikeshare system on behalf of the City of Austin. They launched in December with 11 stations and now operates 40 throughout the city.

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