Coronavirus: Austin Deems Bicycle Sharing An Essential Business

Tony Cantu

This article originally appeared on the Austin Patch

AUSTIN, TX — In light of the city's shelter-in-place order implmented this week, Austin has deemd Austin BCycle an essential business to help ensure bike-share nonprofit can remain in service for the foreseeable future, officials announced on Thursday.

To that end, the city is also providing anyone who needs to take an essential trip with free 3-day passes. Here's how to capitalize on the offering, with additional details:

  • Users need to sign up online for a 3-day pass and use code ATX512.
  • Deep link to BCycle app.
  • Austin BCycle hours of operation are currently 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Austin Bcycle staff is disinfecting bikes and stations before and after every interaction
  • Staff members are taking extra measures including regularly washing their hands, using hand sanitizer, wearing gloves, and self isolating with any signs of illness
  • Shifts are being scheduled to ensure staff keeps the appropriate amount of distance from one another


Headquartered in Waterloo, Wisconsin, BCycle LLC develops and delivers best-in-class bike share systems and is committed to providing an environmentally sustainable transportation alternative for cities. BCycle believes that bike share is the bicycle’s role in public transit and is on a mission to change the world by getting more people on bikes. BCycle, a fully owned subsidiary of Trek Bicycle, partners with nonprofit organizations across the country like Austin BCycle to deliver community-based bike share. Visit for more information.