Want to avoid summer traffic, commute around town without a car, and breeze up the hills on a bike? Yesterday Truckee launched its first electric bike share program, which will let you do just that. The first phase of the program will feature 50 electric pedal-assist bikes available for checkout from 100 docks, which are clustered at stations throughout Truckee.

Mayor Romack performed the ribbon cutting outside the Truckee Artist Lofts, where one docking station is located. Lieutenant Madden from the Town of Truckee spoke about safety, and Brian Congon, Executive Director of BCycle, shared his excitement for program launch.

BCycle is an industry leader in electric bike share operations and equipment used in communities around the country, and serves as the program operator in Truckee. Their electric bikes, which feature a pedal-assist motor that propels riders up to maximum assist of 17 mph, can be found and unlocked from docking stations using the BCycle mobile app. Riders can also use the BCycle app to plan bike-safe routes to their destination, and find open docks to return their bike upon completion of their trip.

The bike share system is scheduled to operate yearly from May through October, weather permitting, and will pause operations during the winter months. Stations will be located from Donner Lake to the Truckee River Legacy trailhead in Glenshire, and BCycle plans to introduce additional stations in the coming years.

The Town of Truckee and BCycle are committed to creating a more bike-friendly community and reducing dependence on cars. By participating in the program, you can reduce your carbon footprint, get some exercise (but not too much), avoid parking headaches, and revel in the simple pleasures of riding a bike.

At the ribbon cutting, Brian Congon quoted writer H.G. Wells: “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”

For more information, download the BCycle app or visit truckee.bcycle.com