Austin is one step closer to pulling together its bike share program. While the operator, Bike Share of Austin, was chosen back in January, the equipment supplier hasn’t yet been chosen and may be revealed soon.
According to a report in the Austin Business Journal (ABJ), B-cycle could land the contract. But Sara Hartley, the Chief of Staff at the City of Austin Public Works Department, said that the equipment supplier hasn’t been selected yet because the City Council hasn’t yet voted to approve the contract. That vote will happen on Thursday, June 20. If B-cycle does get the Austin contract (and it looks like it will), then riders would be able to connect their membership to Texas’ other B-cycle programs through B-cycle’s “B-Connected” campaign.
Once the equipment supplier is chosen, Austin’s program would be Texas’ fourth, after San Antonio, Houston, and Fort Worth. And Texas will be well on its way to being the state with the most bike share programs—edging out its three-city tie with Colorado. Of course, with dozens of programs across North America coming online over the next two years, the crown for the state with the most bike share programs is anyone’s game.
(Correction: an earlier version of this article indicated that the equipment supplier contract was not on the June 20 Austin City Council agenda. In fact, it is.)