Diana Kersey is so over the car.
Or, at the very least, the local artist and ceramist depends on her four-wheels much less, ever since she started using the city’s bike share program, San Antonio B-cycle, this year.
“It’s a perfect downtown way to get around and get a little fresh air and get my heart of pumping for a little while,” Kersey said, who daily uses the B-cycle to travel to and from her ceramics shop on Broadway near Houston Street.
Anyone can rent one of the bicycles for short, commuter-like trips, using either a one-time pass or an annual membership.
B-cycle and city officials will mark B-cycle’s first birthday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the hub station at 600 Hemisfair Plaza Way #203.
They will announce plans to add three bicycle stations in April, at HemisView Village apartments, the San Antonio Housing Authority park on South Flores Street, and the 1221 Broadway apartments, said Cindi Snell, executive director of San Antonio B-cycle and co-owner of Bike World. That will bring the total number of stations to 23, with 230 bicycles in circulation.
The program started with 14 stations.
By the year’s end, B-cycle may add five to seven more bicycle stations near the Spanish colonial missions south of downtown, thanks to a federal parks grant. B-cycle is seeking $50,000 to $60,000 in donations to outfit the mission stations with bicycles because the grant covers only the stations, Snell said.
To date, 1,069 people have signed up for annual B-cycle memberships, Snell said, slightly shy of the goal of 1,200 in the first year.
More than 6,700 people have bought the $10, 24-hour passes, with 876 sold this month alone — the highest in a single month since the program began.
San Antonio now has the second busiest B-cycle program in the country, behind Denver, she said.
“I feel like that there’s a really an emerging bike culture in San Antonio, like we’ve never seen this before,” Snell said.
Since B-cycle launched, the city has held two cíclovías, when part of Broadway was closed to motorized vehicles for the enjoyment of pedestrians and cyclists.
For Kersey, the B-cycle has proved ideal for trips between her teaching job at Southwest School of Art or her clay supplier on East Houston Street.
“I think it makes San Antonio a much more fun city to live in,” she said.