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File #: 21-3215   
Type: Miscellaneous Item
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 5/6/2021
Posting Language: Ordinance approving the assignment and amended and restated agreement transferring all obligations of the operating agreement with San Antonio Bike Share to BCycle. [Lori Houston, Assistant City Manager; John Jacks, Director, Center City Development and Operations]
Attachments: 1. Signed Assignment to BCycle, 2. Draft Ordinance, 3. Ordinance 2021-05-06-0301
DEPARTMENT: Center City Development & Operations




Assignment of San Antonio Bike Share's Operating Agreement to BCycle


In December 2020, staff briefed the Transportation and Mobility Council Committee on the health of our docked bike share system, the recommendations of the Bike Share Working Group, and the recommended assignment of San Antonio Bike Share's agreement to BCycle, the national provider of docked bike share systems that provides the equipment and infrastructure on which our system is built. This ordinance authorizes the assignment of the operating agreement to BCycle and approves the amended and restated contract.


The City of San Antonio owns the equipment within the bike share system (docks, bikes, and stations), which have been purchased with funding from three sources: Federal Stimulus funding, the Federal Transit Administration Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in the Parks Program, and the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) Transportation Enhancement Expansion. The City maintains a contract for the continuous operation and maintenance of the bike share program with San Antonio Bike Share (SABS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Docked bike share networks have struggled nationally in recent years, in part due to new competition from dockless vehicles. SABS has experienced a significant downturn in both revenue and memberships since 2017, which was SABS's best year from a program performance perspective. In addition, on October 4, 2019, SABS informed the Center City Development and Operations Department of the early cancellation of its title sponsorship agreement with Southwest General Hospital. The termination of the agreement was effective on December 31, 2019. This loss of a title sponsor, reduced membership, and a reduction in ridership created a significant funding issue within SABS' operating budget. SABS commun...

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