The City of San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability is the recipient of the Federal Transit Administration’s FY2012 Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Discretionary Program in the amount of $295,774. The funds will be used to expand the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park bike share program along the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River.
The City received $324,000 through the same program last year to bring the San Antonio B-Cycle bike sharing system south of downtown to the Mission Reach. Six stations from Roosevelt Park to Mission San Jose were launched last November, and two more will follow this summer at Acequia Park and Espada Dam Park. The new funding will allow approximately five additional stations including sites at Mission San Juan and Mission Espada, the southernmost of the historical Spanish missions along the river.
“San Antonio is a great place to cycle and has gained national recognition as one of the best cities for bicycling,” said Mayor Julián Castro. “Residents and visitors alike can continue to enjoy the beautiful San Antonio River and some of San Antonio’s treasured Spanish Missions in a unique and affordable way.”
Following the goals of the program, the new stations will provide a convenient, cost-efficient, and clean way to access and experience San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and the San Antonio River Improvement Project. The City is partnering with the non-profit San Antonio Bike Share, the National Park Service, San Antonio River Authority, Catholic Archdiocese, and the City’s Parks and Recreation Department for the expansion.
“These grant funds will allow the City to complete the project in its entirety so residents and visitors can fully experience all of the tremendous infrastructure improvements that are taking place along the river and around the historic missions,” said City Manager Sheryl Sculley.
As Texas’ first modern-day bike share program, San Antonio B-Cycle has 30 stations and approximately 280 bicycles in circulation. Users can purchase annual, weekly or daily memberships for a nominal charge. Bicycles are designed for short trips and must be reset at a station every 30 minutes to avoid overage charges. Since the program’s launch in 2011, more than 73,000 trips, or an average of 107 per day, have been logged by B-Cycle users.
For more information about San Antonio B-Cycle and bicycling in San Antonio, visit http://www.sanantonio.gov/ sabikes/ or http://sanantonio.bcycle.com/, or contact Julia Diana Murphy, Office of Sustainability, at (210) 207-6321.