May 19, 2015, 7:00pm
LYNDSEY JOHNSON / SAN ANTONIO BUSINESS JOURNAL
San Antonio is now home to one of the largest B-cycle programs in the country.The City of San Antonio and the board of directors for San Antonio Bike Share have reached an agreement on an expanded governance and funding structure for the B-Cycle program.
San Antonio B-Cycle, which operates as a nonprofit, will receive more than $120,000 in city support from Hotel Occupancy Tax and Efficiency Funds revenues through the end of Fiscal Year 2015. The funding will be used to hire a new executive director for B-Cycle.
B-Cycle’s current executive director, Cindi Snell, said “San Antonio has responded to the B-Cycle bike-share program” and the partnership with the city will help ensure its long-term success.
In addition to hiring an executive director, the city will provide operational and business development funding support for San Antonio Bike Share.
Doug Melnick, chief sustainability officer for the city, said San Antonio’s bike-share program “is an integral component” of the community’s transportation network and its benefits “are essential to San Antonio’s future as a sustainable city.”
Currently, B-Cycle operates 55 bike-share stations in San Antonio and has 450 bicycles available in the downtown area, making it the largest B-Cycle system in Texas and one of the largest in the U.S.
Since the program’s inception in 2011, the San Antonio has allocated more than $4 million in federal grant funding for B-Cycle.