Bike sharing is a new way of getting around the Kansas City metro. It’s affordable, clean, and simple. It’s good for your health, your wallet, and our environment.
Imagine a network of bike stations located within a few blocks of one another throughout your community. As a bike-sharing member, you can unlock any of the specially designed bikes at any station and ride it to any other bike station. Fast, easy, inexpensive. It’s no wonder bike sharing has exploded in popularity the past few years.
BCycle is a next-next-generation bike-sharing program. It is a zero-hassle, zero-emissions way to get around town. It’s a bike-sharing program that meets the transportation, health, and environmental needs of our communities. BCycle adapts to any size city, corporation, or campus. It’s inexpensive and spontaneous, but also practical.
BCycle is the only bike-sharing program that measures the actual distance traveled on each ride and keeps track of the calories you’ve burned and the carbon emissions you’ve prevented. All this information is available on your personal BCycle web page/app.
BCycle is the future of bike sharing, and it’s available now.
- Imagine a bike that is always ready to ride, where and when you want to ride it. The tires are always inflated and the chain is never rusty. A bike with a basket to carry your knapsack. A bike that fits people tall and small, with front and rear lights and a bell. A bike that’s there whenever you need it, and gone when you don’t. That’s a BCycle. And it’s powered by the ultimate alternative fuel: YOU.
RideKC Bike is a partnership of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, BikeWalkKC, and Drop Mobility. Electric-assist smart bikes started rolling out to the streets of KC in November 2018 and will number 150 by Spring 2019.
The system is part of the RideKC family of mobility services. It is operated by BikeWalkKC and powered by Drop Mobility’s hardware and software.
BCycle relies on the integration of hardware and software to keep track of members and bikes, and all the interactions between users and bikes. Proprietary GPS (global positioning system) and RFID (radio frequency identification) technologies make it possible for bike sharing to be so smart that it is simple for users.
All rides are tracked by the system and associated with members. Data such as distance, duration, calories burned, and carbon offset are captured and uploaded to personal web pages at BCycle.com.
The cost to use a BCycle is divided into two components: a membership fee and a usage fee.
The membership fee provides unlimited access to a B-cycle system for a specific period of time: 24 hours, 7 days, 1 month, or 1 year.
Usage fees are charged based on the length of each ride taken by a member. Every time a member checks out a bike, the first half hour is always free. After 30 minutes a usage of $2 per half hour kicks in (60 minutes for annual members).*
* 24-hour passes are available; see Rates/Membership page.
- With our newest expansion Kansas City BCycle has grown to 42 stations serving neighborhoods across Downtown, 18th & Vine, Midtown, the Country Club Plaza, Brookside, Waldo, North Kansas City, and as far southeast Longview Lake. Bike share puts even more of Kansas City’s most popular destinations within easy reach of residents and visitors.
Kansas City BCycle is always looking for opportunities to bring bike share to new locations and new neighborhoods. We look at a variety of factors when evaluating new locations including…
Is the station within close proximity to another station in one of our current service areas?
Or, is there enough demand to create a new service area with a cluster of multiple stations?
Does the location improve access to transportation or recreation for historically underserved communities?
Does the area have a dense mix of uses like housing, offices, retail, etc.?
Is there significant foot traffic?
Are there popular destinations?
Is there a parking crunch or access issue that bike share can aid?
Are there on-street bike lanes and/or multi-use trails?
If not, are these types of bikeways planned?
Is there a transit center or frequent bus line with high ridership?
What is the current rate of bicycling in the surrounding census tract?
What are the speeds and traffic volumes of adjacent streets?
Is the location on private property or in the public right of way?
Would the station impede pedestrian traffic or violate ADA regulations?
Is there sufficient space and level ground?
Is there clear southern exposure to allow for solar power? Or is there an electrical supply nearby?
What is the terrain and topography in the surrounding neighborhood
Bike share is a public/private/nonprofit partnership, and we are a 501(c)3 charitable organization. B-stations require a significant capital investment and ongoing operations and maintenance.
Funds for new stations can come from a variety of sources:
Community Improvement Districts
TIF districts and other development incentives
How to get a station near you
Now for the big question! If you want to suggest a location that you think would be great for a B-station, please email us at email@example.com.
If you represent a business, government agency, community improvement district, or other entity that can help us with funding a station, please contact Eric Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership and Fees
Can I become a BCycle member if I don’t have a credit card?Kansas City BCycle currently requires that all accounts be associated with a credit card.
What is a B-card and how does it work?
A B-card is a plastic card/fob typically distributed to BCycle annual members. The cards contain an RFID chip uniquely associated with each member’s account. When the B-card/fob is presented at a B-cycle dock, the BCycle system is queried to confirm that the member is in good standing and to associate the member with the bicycle they are checking out.
When a bicycle is returned, the BCycle system updates the member’s account.
B-cards also contain a magnetic strip so the cards can be read by the credit card reader found on the kiosk, thereby allowing the B-card holder to obtain time credits when a station is full.
How do I get a B-card?B-cards are issued to all annual members. Use the Join Now button at the top of this page to purchase an annual membership and get a B-card/fob in the mail.
How often is my credit card charged for BCycle fees?
For memberships of thirty days or less, a user’s credit card is charged once or twice. The membership fee will be charged at the time of registration. If any usage fees have accrued during the membership period, a second charge will be processed following the end of the membership period.
For memberships of more than thirty days, there will be an initial charge for the membership fee at the time of registration, and thereafter there will be a monthly charge for usage fees, if any, accrued during each month of the membership. A final charge will be processed following the end of the membership period.
How does BCycle determine the ending date for membership periods described as “daily,” “weekly,” “monthly,” and “annual”?Membership periods begin the first time a bike is checked out following initial registration. Daily memberships end 24 hours later. Weekly memberships end 168 hours later (7 days times 24 hours). Monthly memberships end 720 hours later (30 days times 24 hours). Annual memberships end 8,760 hours later (365 days times 24 hours).
Can I buy a membership for someone as a gift?BCycle operators can sell prepaid gift cards in varying amounts. The gift card contains a promotional code the gift receiver enters on a registration page to partially or fully offset the cost of a membership. The person receiving the gift card must also register a credit card to cover usage fees and other possible fees.
Personal Account Management
If you have a membership that is shorter than annual, you can upgrade it to an annual membership by paying the additional amount necessary. To be eligible for this upgrade option, you must upgrade before your other membership expires. For example, if you bought a monthly membership for $20 on July 1 that expires on July 30, you can log in to your personal web page anytime in July and upgrade to an annual membership that will expire on June 30 of the following year. If the cost of an annual membership is $50, you will have to pay only $30 ($50 minus $20) for the upgrade.
Annual members also have the option of automatically renewing their annual memberships by selecting Auto-Renewal in the Account Preferences section of their personal web page.
- Personal web pages remain “live” for three years after the lapse of membership.
Contact Customer Service immediately so that we can suspend the card and prevent anyone else from using your card to gain access to a bicycle for which you are financially responsible.
A replacement card will be provided for a nominal fee.
While waiting for your replacement B-card to arrive, you can check out bikes by using the kiosk at each station. You must present the credit card associated with your membership account.
- Call Customer Service.
- Membership fees are non-refundable, but if you wish to suspend your account to prevent any new usage fees, contact Customer Service.
- Upon presenting your B-card at a station kiosk or dock for authentication, the system checks whether your account is in good standing. If there is a problem, your card will be denied. Please call Customer Service to determine the cause of the problem.
- When registering, members can choose whether they want to receive text notifications. Members can change that preference anytime thereafter by logging into their personal BCycle web page and managing their account settings.
- Members can change their credit card information by logging into their personal B-cycle web page and managing their account settings.
Return a damaged bike to a B-station, if possible, or if that is not possible, securely lock it and contact Customer Service. Do not ride a bike with damage that affects its safety features.
Members are financially liable for damages to bikes under their care. Refer to Terms and Conditions for your system.
- Contact Customer Service. Some systems will charge a fee for a lost key. Refer to the website of specific systems.
- Contact Customer Service. Under the Terms and Conditions agreed to upon registering for membership, members may be liable up to a specified limit if a bicycle is stolen or lost while under their care. Refer to the Terms and Conditions posted on your system’s website.
- Your membership period begins the first time you check out a bike.
- Information about each member’s use of BCycles is posted to that member’s personal BCycle web page. Members must log in to view the information, which includes such information as the date and duration of each trip, the station from which the bike was checked out and the station to which the bike was returned, the distance pedaled, the usage fee (if any), the associated calories burned, and carbon offset.
- B-cycles are equipped with an internal GPS device that tracks the bike’s trips. Other technology associates each trip with the member who checked out the bike. After this information is transferred to B-cycle’s computers, algorithms translate the trip information into estimates of the number of calories burned and carbon emissions avoided (as compared to the use of an average automobile for the same trip). If there are technical errors with the data collection or transfer, an estimate will be applied and clearly noted as such.
- When signing up online, only one membership can be associated with a credit card. When buying a one-day membership at a kiosk, more than one membership can be associated with a credit card, but the same card must be presented each time a bike is checked out during the membership period.
Using a BCycle System
- Adults may legally ride a bike without a helmet everywhere in the United States, but B-cycle strongly recommends wearing a helmet whenever riding a bicycle.
- No. There are hygiene and safety issues with shared helmet use. It is the responsibility of the rider to supply his or her own helmet.
- B-cycle reserves the right to impose a rule that requires a short waiting period between returning a bike and checking out another. Refer to the website of specific systems.
A B-cycle dock beeps when a bike has been unlocked or when the bike has been returned.
When the bike is unlocked, the dock beeps continuously until the bike is removed (or 30 seconds, whichever comes first). The green light will also flash from the time the bike is unlocked until it is removed from the dock.
When a bike is returned and properly inserted into the dock, the dock will beep three times very quickly, and the green light will likewise blink three times very rapidly.
If the red “X” is lit on the dock, there is a problem with either the bike or the dock itself. Try a different dock!
If the orange “bad card” sign is lit, we need to talk to you about a problem with your membership. Just call the Customer Service number printed on your B-card or displayed on the bikes and kiosk.
- The rules for participating in B-cycle vary from one system to another. Refer to the website of specific systems.
- Each system sets its own operating hours. Refer to the website of specific systems. During closure periods, if any, it will not be possible to check out a bike, but bikes can be returned when the system is closed.
- Each system has its own schedule. Some systems will not be open in winter months. Refer to the website of specific systems.
- Bikes can be returned any time, regardless of whether the system is open or closed. Two beeps and two green blinks indicate a successful return.
- Please return a bike with a flat tire to the nearest B-station. If that is impossible, you must properly secure the bike with the built-in lock and contact Customer Service via phone.
- If there has been an injury, please dial 911 first. If you are qualified to administer first aid and there is a need, please help out to the limit of your abilities. If appropriate, contact the police, as well. As in any accident, exchange information with any other affected party and collect contact information from witnesses. Contact Customer Service at the earliest appropriate time.
- If you have a bike you wish to return, but there are no available docks at a station, you must locate a station with available docks and return the bike there. The kiosk located at each station will provide real-time information about which nearby stations have available docks. The kiosks at full stations will also add 15 free minutes to your ride so that you can take the bike to an open station without financial penalty.
- The B-cycle website and associated mobile applications for each system provides a map of all B-stations in that system with real-time information about the availability of bikes.
- B-cycle does not allow members to reserve a bike.
- B-cycle is a bike-sharing system designed to promote the constant use and turnover of bikes for short journeys. The pricing system provides incentives for members to keep their trips short. The longer the trip, the higher the usage fee. B-cycle system operators will seek to recover bikes that have not been returned after a specified period of time, and bikes not returned within a three-day limit will be considered lost and members will be liable for a replacement fee (see the applicable Terms and Conditions).
- The B-cycle website and associated mobile applications for each system provide a map of all B-stations in that system. In some locations, maps may also be displayed at B-stations.
- To make the kiosk sign-up process as simple and quick as possible, only one-day memberships are available at the kiosks.
- Yes! For Annual Members, your red B-card works in most B-cycle cities across the United States. This benefit is included in your KC B-cycle annual membership at no extra cost. B-cycle is a great way to experience new cities and get around without renting a car. Click here to learn more.