E-Bike Program Rolls Out in Santa Cruz County

A new electric Bike Share system in Santa Cruz County now provides a convenient, fun, and affordable way for visitors and locals to travel countywide. Having debuted in June, Bike Share’s initial phase includes 400 e-bikes and 800 docks throughout the City of Santa Cruz and the U.C. Santa Cruz campus.  

The countywide rollout will grow to up to 660 e-bikes and 1320 docks in 2024 as it expands to Capitola, Watsonville, Cabrillo College, and other regions of unincorporated Santa Cruz County. Vendor BCycle and its parent company, Trek, own and operate the Bike Share system.  

The e-bikes will be accessed and unlocked through a downloadable BCycle app on smart phones, showing where the bikes are located. The bikes must be picked up and dropped off at dedicated BCycle docks, reducing the possibility of bikes being left in areas such as pedestrian walkways or roadways. Payment options include walk-up pricing, monthly and annual subscriptions.

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