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It’s Getting Easier To Rent A Bike In Houston

With the help of federal transportation money, Houston’s B-Cycle prepares for a major expansion.

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  • Houston B-Cycle Executive Director Carter Stern
    Houston B-Cycle Executive Director Carter Stern
  • A technician services a bike at B-Cycle's facility in Houston's East End.
    A technician services a bike at B-Cycle's facility in Houston's East End.
  • Bikes at B-Cycle's repair facility in the East End.
    Bikes at B-Cycle's repair facility in the East End.
  • A B-Cycle maintenance checklist
    A B-Cycle maintenance checklist
  • A B-Cycle undergoing repairs
    A B-Cycle undergoing repairs
  • B-Cycle station at the Castillo Center in Houston's Near Northside neighborhood.
    B-Cycle station at the Castillo Center in Houston's Near Northside neighborhood.
  • Bikes stored at B-Cycle's facility in the East End
    Bikes stored at B-Cycle's facility in the East End

Right now there are 33 stations around the city where you can check out one of Houston's B-Cycles.

That number is expected to grow to over 100 stations by 2018, now that Houston City Council has approved a $4 million expansion.

Houston B-Cycle Executive Director Carter Stern says people will now be able to use the system more efficiently, because they'll have a greater number of places to return a bike. He adds one of the areas they're focusing on is the Texas Medical Center.

"So we're going to have 14 new stations out there,” says Stern. “That's going to transform that area we hope, and bring B-Cycle to an area where it has not previously been."

Stern says they also hope to make the service more accessible in low-income communities.

"It is a cheap option for folks who need to get to work, need to get to the grocery store or to areas of recreation, but don't have a vehicle, don't have a bus stop nearby," says Stern.

The bulk of the money for the B-Cycle expansion comes from a federal transportation grant.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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