BCycle

Shown is Houston BCycle's newest station at 249 W. 19th St., which became operational on Aug. 23. (Contributed photo)

Cyclists in the Greater Heights and surrounding areas now have more options to enjoy the City of Houston’s ride-sharing program.

Houston BCycle, the bike-sharing program with multiple stations in the Heights, recently expanded its service in the area with a new location at 249 W. 19th St. on Aug. 23 with funding help from Houston City Council member Abbie Kamin, who serves much of the area in District C.

It is the third new location to open in the area this year, joining locations at the H-E-B at 2300 N. Shepherd Dr., which opened in April, and the Heights Waterworks location at 449 W. 19th St. that opened in July.

“With every station that opens, we’ve seen overall Heights ridership increase dramatically,” BCycle communications manager Mary DeBauche said in an email Tuesday. “It underlines how much interest there is in biking as well as how important it is to create and invest in biking infrastructure to connect people with work, shopping, recreation, restaurants and where they live.”

The Houston BCycle service has no immediate expansion plans, DeBauche said, and there are no plans to close any of the locations for the foreseeable future. Locations at Heights Mercantile and Woodland Park were marked “unavailable” as of Tuesday afternoon, but DeBauche said that was largely because the company’s field teams had not been able to conduct the network’s daily battery replacements due to Hurricane Nicholas earlier this week.

She said the ports had been expected to be up and running again by the end of the day Tuesday.

For more information on Houston BCycle and to see a map of all Heights-area locations, visit houston.bcycle.com/station-map.

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