Go ride a bike!

September 1, 2010 —

Des Moines is making headlines again, this time with the launch of Bcycle. Right now the only other two cities with this are Denver and Chicago. Way to go Des Moines for embracing bike culture early on!

The business model is based on the idea of  bike sharing. You can rent a bike from convenient bike stations around the city, encouraging people to ride instead of drive to locations that may be too far to walk to. There are currently 4 bike stations in downtown Des Moines. All bikes include a basket too!

There are two membership levels, 30 day or annual or you can pay for a 24-hour rental ($5) at a B-station. This qualifies you for 24-hour bike passes for the set amount of time. Bikes can be returned to any B-station, kind of like Redbox movies.

Check out the website for more details and a map with pick-up and drop-off locations. They are offering free 24-hour passes through Sept 7.

Who already rides their bike to school and around town?


Comments

  • http://www.emailreach.com/ Spam Check

    This idea was really good. I prefer riding a bike when going to school than to ride a taxi or my car to get some exercise at the same time save fuel and our environment from pollution.

    Thanks,
    Trudis

  • http://www.emailreach.com/ Spam Check

    This idea was really good. I prefer riding a bike when going to school than to ride a taxi or my car to get some exercise at the same time save fuel and our environment from pollution.

    Thanks,
    Trudis

  • http://www.completedietinfo.com/?s=lose+weight Maynard hines

    Ohh that sounds great! i highly recommend the use of bike nowadays because as we noticed, our planet is dying we need to do something to preserve it. we must minimize the use of cars. we can also lose weight to that ^_^

  • http://www.completedietinfo.com/?s=lose+weight Maynard hines

    Ohh that sounds great! i highly recommend the use of bike nowadays because as we noticed, our planet is dying we need to do something to preserve it. we must minimize the use of cars. we can also lose weight to that ^_^

  • http://twitter.com/SeeRealIncome Paul Hong

    This is a great idea that I think every school should embrace. thats why I bought my 4 yr son a bike instead of a motor vehicle.

  • http://twitter.com/SeeRealIncome Paul Hong

    This is a great idea that I think every school should embrace. thats why I bought my 4 yr son a bike instead of a motor vehicle.

  • http://www.stockonlinenews.com/ Allwin19

    I love riding a bike, which can do good to both me and the environment!

  • http://www.stockonlinenews.com/ Allwin19

    I love riding a bike, which can do good to both me and the environment!

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    I love this idea! I think it is a great program, and hope it really works well, so other cities will adopt it. Yay for biking and improved health!
    Kind regards.

  • http://www.Lunch.com Consumer Reviews

    I love this idea! I think it is a great program, and hope it really works well, so other cities will adopt it. Yay for biking and improved health!
    Kind regards.

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    absolutely right, I also recommend the use of bicycles, in addition to more healthy can also help reduce air pollution now day

  • http://killrates.com Nick Q

    absolutely right, I also recommend the use of bicycles, in addition to more healthy can also help reduce air pollution now day

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    Awesome! This is just like the zipcar service we have here in the city, but a lot more environmentally friendly!

  • http://www.securityguardtraininghq.com Security Guard Training

    Awesome! This is just like the zipcar service we have here in the city, but a lot more environmentally friendly!

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    I like riding a bike to go out for a ride!It’s so cool!

  • http://maria2010.blogcn.com/ PS3break

    I like riding a bike to go out for a ride!It’s so cool!

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    WHne i was a children, i often ride a bike to school, but now, most of children take bus to school.

  • http://www.egoodsshop.com hdmi media player

    WHne i was a children, i often ride a bike to school, but now, most of children take bus to school.

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    Cool idea.. very similar to Zipcar and City Car Share.

  • http://wealthyaffiliatereviewbonus.com Wealthy Affiliate

    Cool idea.. very similar to Zipcar and City Car Share.

  • http://www.activebodi.com Caleb “Muscles” Anthony

    Bike riding is an awesome way to exercise, since a lot of the breeze can keep you cool (not always however), a good way to get around, its free (apart from the cost of the bike) and you get fit doing it!

  • http://www.activebodi.com Caleb “Muscles” Anthony

    Bike riding is an awesome way to exercise, since a lot of the breeze can keep you cool (not always however), a good way to get around, its free (apart from the cost of the bike) and you get fit doing it!

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    I love this idea and can’t wait for it to come to San Francisco. I think that it will take off even more than the Zip Car model, given it’s zero footprint!

  • http://www.bestlaptopbrands.org Bestlaptopbrands

    I love this idea and can’t wait for it to come to San Francisco. I think that it will take off even more than the Zip Car model, given it’s zero footprint!

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    That was great service and yes, truly environmental friendly! I wish we could have that service in our place. B Cycle..I love it! :-)

  • HGV Training

    This is so true. Riding bikes should be enforced within every government in every state, in every country. Such amazing benefits to a child who rides a bike. Great post.

  • HGV Training

    This is so true. Riding bikes should be enforced within every government in every state, in every country. Such amazing benefits to a child who rides a bike. Great post.

  • http://www.survivalknifehq.com Survival Knife

    I think as we see gas prices rise to all time highs again, this concept will become more well received. I wasn’t aware of any programs in place which do more than just promote this healthy lifestyle. Great Post.

  • http://www.survivalknifehq.com Survival Knife

    I think as we see gas prices rise to all time highs again, this concept will become more well received. I wasn’t aware of any programs in place which do more than just promote this healthy lifestyle. Great Post.

  • http://goarticles.com/article/How-To-Prepare-For-The-Holiday-Season/3963100/ Holiday Hacks

    Wish I lived in an area where I could ride a bike all the time. Not even any bikes lanes here in KC!

  • http://goarticles.com/article/How-To-Prepare-For-The-Holiday-Season/3963100/ Holiday Hacks

    Wish I lived in an area where I could ride a bike all the time. Not even any bikes lanes here in KC!

  • http://firsthouseblog.com First House

    We could use something like this here in Alabama

  • Nicholas McNally

    Neat idea! I think Washington D.C. has an idea very similar to this. Like zip car but way better for the environment!

  • Watch It

    I’m all for it, the more bikes the better!

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    I’m deeply in love with the bike culture. This is definitely a brilliant idea to foster healthy living among all ages!

  • cle providers

    Yeah, that reminds me of zipcar with a spin, I love the idea though

  • Casey

    Well, I think it’s a great idea. I grew up in the country walking and riding bikes. I relocated to the city when i got older and here inHouston, TX we have railcars. All most like a trolly but it’s new age. Hey, it will do a great job at cutting back in all the nasty pollution we leave in the air in a daily basis. Great post here!

  • top gun

    Wish I lived in an area where I could ride a bike all the time. Not even any bikes lanes here in KC!

  • Dan

    Seems like a good idea, but in my city they started a similar program 2 yrs ago, but for whatever reason it was closed down about a year later

  • Roy

    Really good idea, but where I live there’s a long winter with a lot of snow……..

  • Yas Island

    With the actual oil price, it seems like a great idea! And its good to loose weight. Thanks.

  • hostgator español

    I live in Barcelona and we have a similar service named “bicing”, which works all over the city, you can pick one bike up at one spot, and leave it at any given destination. It’s pretty cool!!

  • http://officestands.com/ John Manee

    Cool idea.. here in my city they started a similar program. Thanks!