Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Madtown Bike Share For the Win!

Things have been pretty quiet around here lately, as I was in Madison, WI all last week on work-related business. While there, I had a chance to make use of the Madison B-Cycle program. As a bonus, I was able to meet with some awesome members of Madison B-Cycle leadership. Great people, great town. Can't wait to go back. It was my first time using bike share, and I have to say, I was not disappointed.

I checked out my first bike on Main Street over by the capitol after having a beer and dinner at a top-notch Irish pub. I rode a few blocks to the parking garage down by Monona Terrace where my car was parked to drop things off. I docked the bike while I was there. To be honest, I docked the bike rather than just locking it up because I couldn't figure out how to use the lock...I got it figured out immediately after returning from my car (it wasn't that hard, just couldn't quite get the lock angled correctly). After my errand, I checked out another bike and rode it up the hill to the capitol, took a lap around the square, and docked the bike on the other side of the square outside of my destination - a beer bar with an awesome collection of local brews.

So yeah, my first experience with bike share was using it to bar hop. Not a bad inaugural run.


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    1. Trevor - I can't say that I was paying much attention to the weight of the rigs, but I didn't take notice of them being particularly heavy. I climbed a small hill on my way from Monona Terrace to the capitol and had no difficulty making the climb in the lowest gear.

  2. Given their somewhat moped-like appearance, I was wondering. Thanks!