A common critique of bike sharing is that programs lack bike options for users. Compatibility issues between docking mechanisms, tools, and bike parts can make it very difficult to offer multiple types of bikes beyond the standard bike share cruiser. But B-cycle has, yet again, made a move to push the boundaries of what is considered feasible with bike share as it introduces the B-trike.
The B-trike, made by B-cycle’s parents company, Trek Bicycles, is being tested in the company’s backyard bike share program in Madison, Wisconsin. If the bike does well, it is expected to be deployed in other B-cycle systems.
The bike offers users another option that meets different personal and trip demands. Extra stability can make cycling more accessible and comfortable for some, while the rear basket gives riders more space to put belongings. Madison B-cycle Manager, Claire Hurley, is excited for the additional utility the trike provides, noting, “The addition of the trike increases bikeshare accessibility to the Madison community. We’re excited to have it.”
Frankly, we think it looks pretty awesome to ride and would definitely give it a tote given the opportunity.