The bike-sharing service ‘Houston BCycle’ is closing after twelve years

The Houston BCycle bike share program has announced it will end its service on June 30 after 12 years of operation.

The service began in 2012, when the City of Houston entered into a contractual agreement with Houston Bike Share. The bikes were funded by a grant from former Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s Office of Sustainability through the Environmental Protection Agency.

The program started with just 18 bikes spread across three stations in downtown Houston and eventually grew to more than 150 stations. Despite such rapid expansion, the company announced plans to close in September 2023. The Houston City Council approved a $500,000 lifeline to keep the company afloat for nine months, but it was still unable to overcome its financial problems.

“Bike share systems have faced similar challenges across the United States,” said Jennifer Ostlind, Houston’s interim director of planning and development. “Houston’s system has outlasted many others, but we have learned that successful systems that serve more than just recreational purposes require support from the business community and the public to remain viable.”

The city is working with Houston Bike Share to remove the BCycle stations and bikes in the coming months.

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