Madison B-Cycle To Hibernate For Winter


Before this happens, B-cycle will be rolling up the carpets in Madison.

Madison’s B-cycle bike sharing system will be closing for the season on December 15th. B-cycle is closing the 2011 year with an impressive number of trips, users and stations.

  • Total Trips – 17,940
  • Total Users – 6,412
  • Annual Members – 464
  • Active Stations – 27
  • Total Bikes – 265

I have other interesting usage statistics that I will share in another post soon.


I often take the Badger Bus when I have meetings at the Bike Fed’s office in Madison. B-cycle made my life a lot easier this year as I no longer need to bring a bike with me when I have meetings in Madison. When I have time to ride one way, I bring my own bike on Badger Bus for a mere $10 (you no longer have to box it), and ride home. When I don’t have time for that, I can leave my bike at the bus stop in Milwaukee, use B-cycle while I am in Madison, take the bus back and pedal home the last leg of the trip.

The weather today is supposed to be mid-forties and raining, not ideal conditions for an 80 mile ride, so I will be taking the Badger Bus home from my Madison meeting. The bus is great because I can use the free wi-fi and get work done while someone else does the driving. Our office is on E. Main and the meeting is off W. Washington, which is no problem because there are B-cycle stations within blocks of both locations.

With two weeks left in the season, there is still time to add your trips to the total before the B-cycle closes for the winter on December 15th!


Hasta Luego to B-cycle and short sleeve weather! See you both next Spring!


Brian Conger, the manager of B-cycle Madison, offers this review of the first year:

Over the course of the spring and summer, 27 B-cycle stations sprouted up throughout downtown Madison at a surprising speed. This quick installation was made possible by the dedicated work of the City of Madison, and was led by the efforts of Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski and his team of colleagues from a diverse array of city departments.

I am grateful for the support of Trek and, in particular, our Title sponsor, the Trek Stores of Madison. In a time of shrinking public services and budgets, Trek’s unwavering commitment to making Madison a better place to bike made B-cycle possible. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to stop out at the Trek Stores of Madison and thank them for their support of Madison B-cycle.

Most importantly, I am thankful for you–the Madison B-cycle rider. As a Madison B-cycle user, your word of mouth support of our program does more to spread the word about our program than any marketing campaign ever could. Thank you for your commitment to transforming your community’s transportation and for your patience and support as our program has gotten off the ground.

The Madison B-cycle staff is hard at work preparing for our 2012 season, and there is a lot to look forward to. Here are a handful of things to watch for in the coming year:

  • Opening the season in March with 27 stations, and expanding to over 30 stations and more than 300 bikes in 2012.
  • An educational outreach campaign to Madison visitors and residents to let them know what B-cycle is and how it works.
  • An expanded partnership with the University of Wisconsin allowing us to better reach out to university students and faculty.
  • An active campaign to promote B-cycle in the workplace with corporate and group membership packages as well as business sponsorship opportunities.

2012 promises to be a very exciting year for B-cycle and Madison’s downtown, and I invite you to join us for the ride. I look forward to seeing many of you at our Friends of Madison B-cycle social, coming up Tuesday, December 13th at the Brocach from 5-7pm.

Thanks for your early support of Madison B-cycle. On behalf of everyone at Madison B-cycle, we wish to extend you and your family a wonderful holiday season.

Happy Holidays,


About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

One thought on “Madison B-Cycle To Hibernate For Winter

  1. I wondered if the stations would close but it’s kind of sad (although you know it’s coming) as the last two days have been pleasant enough to ride to and fro.

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