Bicycles are now available for rent on the UTHealth campus and at other locations in the Texas Medical Center. The BCycle bikes are operated by Houston Bike Share, a local bike-sharing network that recently expanded into the area. The bikes may be rented for a fee, and the nonprofit is offering a discount code to all UTHealth students, faculty and staff.
“We see a lot of synergy with our organization. We are health and sustainability focused, but really, there are a lot of people moving around the area. We are honored to give them a way to get from point A to B that is fast, fun, healthy and affordable,” said Houston Bike Share Marketing and Communications Manager Henry Morris.
BCycle stops are stationed throughout the Texas Medical Center. Each station is gray, with a solar panel extending in the air. The bikes themselves are a vibrant red.
How it works
The network is designed to allow the user to take a bike from one location, ride to a destination, and return the bike to another BCycle docking station.
BCycles may be rented for a monthly fee using a mobile app, or directly at the station for a one-time charge. The charges are time-based.
The app allows users to see how many bikes are available at each docking station. It also provides directions, helps users find nearby stations, and gives users their trip history. Users can “undock” using their mobile devices. The bikes are located on the UTHealth Campus, in the TMC, Rice Village and downtown.
How to sign up
To get a discount, BCycle users must register online or through the company’s app.
Student, faculty and staff memberships are offered on a semester basis for the discounted fee of $5 per month. The app adjusts the fee to coincide with the number of months left in the semester. Members will receive cards they can tap where indicated on the bike to use it. The cards come in the mail, along with instructions.
For $5 per month, members get an unlimited number of hour-long bike ride from one BCycle station to another. Members are charged $3 per additional 30 minutes after the initial hour.
Without an account, the bikes cost $3 per 30 minutes to use.
Go to https://houston.bcycle.com/. To get the discount, use the promo code UTHSPRING1 and your university email address.
Using the app
Download the BCycle app in Google Play or in the Apple store. The logo will have a white B in a blue circle with a red border.
Registered users may use the touch screen at the station, and the system will send a text code to the phone registered to the account. Alternatively, riders may enter the credit card number associated with the account. They can also rent a bike with the BCycle mobile app or by using the membership card that came in the mail.
The full list of BCycle stations is posted at BCycle Station Map. Locations on the UTHealth campus include:
- On East Road across from the Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Building (BBSB)
- At the corner of Bertner Avenue and West Road, near the Recreation Center
- On Pressler Street across from University Center Tower (UCT)
- At the corner of Pressler Street and Bertner Avenue near the School of Public Health and Cizik School of Nursing.
- On Bertner Avenue between the MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) and Texas Medical Center Commons
- On Fannin Street across from UT Professional Building.