wrapped up its second season last Friday, and the official numbers are in: 202,731 total rides from whenB-cycle rolled out in March
until 11 p.m. on December 9. That's nearly double last year's numbers, though a teeny bit short of the bike program's goal of 206,000 rides -- something the brains at B-cycle blame on the recent snowstorms. Thanks a lot, snow. You ruin everything.
Here are some more B-cycle-related numbers:
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Short-term memberships (24-hour, seven-day, thirty-day) purchased: 42,318
Annual memberships purchased: 2,659
B-cycle rides: 202,731 rides
Miles ridden: 431,817 miles
Average ride: 2.13 miles
12,954,510.9 calories burned
3,701.3 pounds lost
618,041 pounds of carbon emissions avoided
19,034.5 pounds of toxic air pollutants avoided
31,420.5 gallons of gasoline not used
$104,316 (estimate) saved on gasoline
$612,491 (estimate) saved on car parking
B-cycle will be in hibernation until March 2012. When it reopens, it will be bigger and badder. As reported in Westword's City Limits this week, two grants totaling $1.1 million will allow B-cycle to add another thirty stations and 175 bikes to the program, mostly in the areas of City Park, Capitol Hill, the Golden Triangle and Highland.
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