The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) launched SunCycle, El Paso’s first Bike Share Program with a kick off ride and event this morning in Downtown El Paso.
As part of the kick off, approximately 80 city leaders, stakeholders, media personalities and other community members rode SunCycle bicycles from City Hall to The Garden in Union Plaza to end at The Garden in Union Plaza.
“El Paso deserves a bike share program and we are excited it is finally here, said Raymond Telles, director of the CRRMA. “We want our community to enjoy and make the most out of this new and easy way to get around downtown.”
Officials say annual memberships are available for purchase at elpaso.bcycle.com or via phone at 915.212.BIKE (915.212.2453) SunCycle Bike Share also has full information on the system via their Facebook page.
The El Paso Bike Share program will allow people to rent a bike at one station and return it to any other station. As part of this first phase of the program, there is a total of eight stations that will provide connectivity from Sun Metro’s Downtown Transfer Center, throughout downtown El Paso, to EPCC’s Rio Grande Campus and the UTEP campus. Additional bicycles and stations will be added through later phases.
The eight stations are located at: (1) UTEP Library; (2) Oregon and University at 111 W. University Ave; (3) EPCC, 100 W. Rio Grande Ave; (4) Cleveland Square, 510 N. Santa Fe Street; (5) Anthony Street, 116 Anthony St; (6) City Hall, 300 N. Campbell Street; (7) Pioneer Plaza, 125 Pioneer Plaza; and (8) Downtown Transfer Center, 630 S. Santa Fe Street.
The cost for a 24-hour pass is $6. Thirty-day memberships are available for $30. Semester memberships (120-day) cost $50 and annual memberships are available for $75. A ride lasting longer than the allotted 30-minute interval costs $2 more for each additional half-hour. The maximum daily charge is $65. Membership registration is available at ElPaso.Bcycle.com.
The Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority manages the Bike Share program using the Mesilla Pedicab Company to manage operations such as bicycle and kiosk repair and maintenance and customer service.
SunCycle Bike Share is the brand name selected for El Paso’s B-cycle program. B-Cycle is the vendor selected by the CRRMA to provide the bike share system.
The CRRMA was created in March of 2007 by act of the El Paso City Council. Since then, the organization has moved quickly to become a valuable partner in developing various transportation solutions for the El Paso region, including State Spur 601 (Inner Loop), the Americas Interchange and the El Paso Streetcar Project.