What is Bike Share
Bike sharing is an innovative approach to urban mobility, combining the convenience and flexibility of a bicycle with the accessibility of public transportation. Public bike share systems offer people another transportation choice, one that is both healthy and fun. San Antonio Bike Share (SABS) consists of 600+ bicycles provided at a network of 60+ stations located at key destinations within the urban core of the city and along the Museum and Mission Reach bike paths. Bikes are available on-demand, providing residents and visitors with quick and easy access to some of San Antonio’s most popular destinations.
Bike share is unique in that it serves both as a convenient option to visit tourist attractions in San Antonio and as an alternative and healthy method of transportation for residents and visitors. The many benefits of bike sharing includes improved individual and community health, economic development through green jobs and improved access to businesses and environmental benefits such as reduced vehicle emissions.
San Antonio Bike Share was the first public bike share program in the state of Texas and was launched under the name, San Antonio BCycle. The funding for the initial purchase of assets (stations, bikes, solar panels) came from federal grants administered by the City of San Antonio. The grants came from the Department of Energy, Centers for Disease Control, Paul S Sarbanes Transit in Parks and the Federal Transit Administration.
In just over 7 years of operation, San Antonio BCycle recorded over 500,000 trips and the system has close to quadrupled in size since it began in 2011 with just 14 bike share stations and 140 bikes.
In 2018, San Antonio Bike Share acquired it's first title sponsor for the program, Southwest General Hospital, a Steward Family Hospital. This changed the name from San Antonio BCycle to SWell Cycle. In January 2020, the partnership with Southwest General Hospital ended and the program rebranded back to San Antonio Bike Share.