Photo: Ron Mader, Bike Share
The next big thing is happening now in downtown Las Vegas.
I’m referring to the growing number of bicycle share programs around the world. New in 2017 is a bike share program run by the city —
Officials say that ‘bike sharing makes it economical and convenient to use bikes for trips that are too far to walk but too short to drive.’ The marketing campaign says ‘put the fun between your legs.’ Vegas, you’re always top of mind.
Bike sharing is fun, more fun than I was expecting and I was expecting fun – a slow adventure fun. These bikes are not for racing, but they do make getting through the heat a veritable breeze.
Currently there are 180 bikes and 21 stations conveniently located throughout downtown Las Vegas. Many of the stations are along or near downtown’s new green bicycle lanes. RTC Bike Share is available 24/7.
Our plan is to explore downtown on two wheels in May – aka #BikeMonth – and at the top of the next month as we prepare our celebrations of World Environment Day (June 5). Given that four of Planeta.com’s Colibri Award winners were working with bikes and cycling, it seems a good time to show off what’s working locally. Join us for a tour of art murals and local businesses on Saturday, June 3 as part of the Sustainable Travel Summit. More info on the Facebook event page.
We are reflecting more on bicycle tourism in 2017 and the role bikes and bike travel plays in the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. When there are more options for local and visitors to hop on a bike, city tourism changes.
Throughout the month of May, RTC Bike Share single-ride passes will be available for $2 (regularly $4), 24-hour passes for $4 (regularly $8) and 30-day memberships for $10 (regularly $20). All 30-day members who sign up for auto-renewal online will also receive half-off their monthly membership for the rest of the year.
Download the BCycle app in the App Store and Google Play.
Customer Service Hours: 7am-10pm, 844-641-7823
How it works
Purchase a membership online or be a guest at any station.
Choose a bike from any station.
Grab your bike from the dock and go.
Park your bike at any station. Insert your bike into the dock and listen for the three beeps. Double check the bike is locked.
Memberships are available via
About the RTC
The RTC is the transit authority, transportation planning organization and regional traffic management agency for Southern Nevada. The RTC’s vision is to provide a safe, convenient and effective regional transportation system that enhances mobility and air quality for citizens and visitors. The RTC encourages residents and visitors to use a variety of transportation choices to help reduce traffic congestion, clean the air and improve the quality of life in Southern Nevada. For more information about the RTC and its major initiatives or to download its transit app rideRTC, visit rtcsnv.com.
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— Ron Mader (@ronmader) May 25, 2017