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B-Cycle B-Connected

Streetsblog reports that B-Cycle bike share company is rolling out the B-Connected system that allows season pass holders from one city use B-Cycle systems across the nation.

B-Cycle B-Connected

B-Cycle B-Connected

From the post:

Beginning next week, annual memberships from this bike-sharing company will be honored in 15 cities where B-Cycle operates…

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This is the first time a bike-share company has allowed members to use other cities’ systems when they travel without having to pay extra. Will Alta Bicycle Share follow suit? Alta already runs systems in Boston and D.C., with new ones set to come online soon in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Portland. A similar move could create quite a network.

This is a wonderful development. If I had the kind of job where I traveled for business, this would be enough to sell me a season pass in my hometown, even if I only really planned to use it while traveling. One would hope that eventually the operators of bike-sharing systems using the Public Bike Sharing Company technology (including those managed by Alta) can implement the same reciprocity policies. Eventually, we might even hope the two competing proprietors would be able to offer subscribers rides on each other’s systems. Perhaps what each proprietor loses in terms of strategic advantage they would recoup by bolstering bike-sharing nationwide.

2 comments to B-Cycle B-Connected

  • I’m a little surprised that they can do this, as I’d think it would be a smart strategy to adjust pricing based on the market. Wouldn’t costs typically be lower for smaller markets that require fewer stations? Wouldn’t they want to adjust pricing based on competitive modes? Maybe I’m not thinking nonprofit enough.

  • Yes, I’m sure annual membership cost varies significantly from city to city. I assume there are additional policies designed to prevent everyone from just purchasing the annual membership in the cheapest market.

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