Imagine if Austin
had a bike share system, where locals and tourists could check out a bicycle
from a self-service station, pedal from Barton Springs to South Congress, then zip up to a kiosk
near the University of Texas to return it.
Denver, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Minneapolis all have such systems, and San Antonio
launched one this spring.
Now a group of private supporters, led by Mellow Johnnyâ€™s Bike Shop, is rallying to make an
Austin bike share system a reality.
On Thursday, the bike shop will host a demonstration and presentation by B-Cycle, which operates
a program in San Antonio. Theyâ€™ll demonstrate how the system works and let visitors test ride the
The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at Mellow Johnnyâ€™s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces Street
. The shop will provide appetizers and refreshments.
The San Antonio system started with 14 stations. The Austin system likely would be larger, with
about 50 stations and 550 bikes in the downtown grid.
â€śWe are working to build private sector support for a bike share system that has a lot of interest
and a groundswell of financial support already,â€ť Mellow Johnnyâ€™s
general manager Craig Staley
said in a press release.