In less than one week, BCycle is returning to the 608 — 300+ e-bikes rolling all over the Isthmus and beyond. Before the bikes come out of re-tire-ment on Tues., March 15, we’re reviewing best practices to get cycling this season.
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
1. Buy a pass.
At a kiosk, on the BCycle app, or online — riders can opt for a number of passes ranging from 30-minute sessions to annual memberships. Check out membership options and decide based on how much time you plan to spend in the saddle this season.
2. Find a bike.
With 50+ docks all over Madison, finding a BCycle is wheelie easy. Using the interactive station map tool online + in the app, riders can see the closest docks to them with how many bicycles are available.
3. Get to riding.
Unlock + undock your bike by following the prompts from the BCycle app. Be sure to follow any and all safety guidelines — a helmet is highly encouraged for all riders. You are officially ready to roll, so get ready for a spoke-tacular time.
You’ve got a bike, the 608 is your oyster — now what? Check out a few of Madison’s most popular bike routes + some stops to make along the way.
UW-Madison Arboretum Loop | 6.3 miles | Beginner
Make the most of a 30-minute BCycle pass with this short + scenic loop. Ride alongside Lake Wingra before jumping on the bike path taking you past Wingra Park + Vilas Park Beach.
Lake Monona Loop | 11.96 miles | Intermediate
A ~1 hour loop taking riders past some of Madison’s most famous destinations including John Nolen Drive, Monona Terrace + Olbrich Gardens.
Pro tip: On the far side of Lake Monona — roughly halfway through the loop — is the Monona Bait & Ice Cream store. An absolute must-try when the shop is open in-season.
Boardwalk Bridge | 24.8 miles | Advanced
This ~2 hour route leaves from Olin Park following the Capital City Trail before moving to the Lower Yahara River Trail to explore the Capital Springs State Recreation Area + the Waubesa Wetlands State Natural Area.
Looking to build your own itinerary? Check out the city’s Low-Stress Bike Route Finder and map a route of your own.