Houston BCycle, the city's bike-sharing program with multiple stations in the Heights, is offering local residents two opportunities for free rides during Spring Break next week.
New BCycle executive director Bryan Reed will be at the Heights MKT Trail @ Shepherd Station, located at 700 N. Shepherd Dr., from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday to talk about the program, routes, nearby stations and upcoming stations in the area. Everyone who stops by during that time will receive a promotional code for a free, 30-minute ride that can be used at any time, according to a news release from BCycle.
Additionally, readers of The Leader can download the free BCycle app and use the promo code "LEADERSRIDE" to receive their first 30-minute ride for free. A BCycle spokesperson said those who take advantage of this promotion must still enter credit card information, and a pre-authorized hold of $26 will be placed on the card, but that hold will be released within 1-7 business days.
Both promotions apply only to traditional bikes. A charge of $0.50 per 30 minutes applies for the use of electric bikes.
BCycle, a nonprofit created by the city in 2012, has more than 10 stations in the Greater Heights and Washington Avenue areas. A program spokesperson said another local station is expected to open before the end of the summer near the Heights Waterworks development, which is located just east of Nicholson Street between West 19th and West 20th streets.
For more information, visit houstonbcycle.com.