Citrix Cycle Coming Soon

From the News & Observer...

Raleigh’s bike-sharing program has a new name and look while inching closer to its summer launch date.

The city will make an official announcement soon, but the name of the system will be Citrix Cycle. Citrix, which has hundreds of employees downtown, is the title sponsor for the bike-sharing program, according to a tweet from the technology company’s CEO, David Henshall.

”It’s always great to work from the Citrix office here, but today it was particularly exciting to share our news: The new bike sharing system in downtown Raleigh will officially be Citrix Cycle,” he said. ...

The terms of the sponsorship, including the cost, were not immediately known because it’s a contract between Citrix and Bewegen Technologies, the private vendor managing the system. The city agreed to cover the capital costs associated with the bike share while Bewegen handles the operation of the system.

How does the bike share work?
Raleigh will have a dock-based system, meaning the bikes can’t be left indefinitely on the side of the road or at someone’s apartment. They’re meant to be checked out at one of 30 docks or stations, ridden and then checked in to one of the 30 stations. They don’t have to be returned to the same dock where they were checked out from.

The bikes will be available 24 hours per day and yearlong.

When will it start?
The bicycle docking stations will be installed in the coming months, with a launch date planned in late summer. It was originally supposed to launch in May, but it has been pushed back after some difficulties finding ideal locations with availability of power.

A founding member campaign will start in July asking people to become initial annual members.

How much does it cost?
A single ride will cost $2 for the first 45 minutes and $2 for every additional 30 minutes. A daily pass will be $6, while a monthly pass and an annual pass will be $20 and $80, respectively. Even if someone has a daily, monthly or annual pass, they will only be able to use the bikes for 45 minutes at a time before having to “check-in” at a station. Then the 45 minute clock will start over. If a bike isn’t checked in under 45 minutes, it will cost $2 per additional 30 minutes. This is to prevent the bikes from wandering off from the core area or ending up in other counties.

Discounts will be available for students and people with limited incomes. Passes will be available for purchase from the website, mobile app and some station kiosks.
— Anna Johnson - N&O
Brent Woodcox