Once more, the SXSW team are working with the local Austin infrastructure to help you get around. The SXcycle program has been around on the fringes of SXSW for many years now, but the partnership with Austin B-Cycle should give it much more prominence this year.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with B-Cycle, you can essentially pick up a bike from one of many dock/stations around Austin, and cycle around for thirty minutes for free. At the end of the time, there’s a small hourly fee, or you just dock the bike at any other station to stop the clock. So yes, you can pick up a bike opposite the Long Center For Performing Arts, pedal over to Stubbs, and there’s no charge.
Well, there is the matter of a daily fee, but that’s where SXcycle comes in with its free vouchers!
From Friday, March 13th to Saturday, March 21st – 10am-8pm daily – the SXcycles depot at 604 Driskill St will hand out complementary B-cycle day pass vouchers to SXSW badgeholders. This $8 value grants attendees unlimited rides 30 minutes and under for 24 hours once activated. Each B-cycle comes with branded basket, three gear options, branded splash guard, reflectors, and built in lights. Voucher quantities are limited per day, so come early to get moving!
I found the B-Cycle station outside my hotel last year, and I never stopped peddling for SXSW week. THe vouchers are a great idea, but I’m already budgeting to sign up for all my time in Austin in advance.