What is VA Roseburg B-cycle?
VA Roseburg B-cycle
VA Office Rural Health (ORH) awarded funds to the VA Roseburg Healthcare System (VARHS) to pilot a Veteran Cycling for Health & Wellness Program; including a bike sharing system through a contract with B-cycle.
VA Roseburg B-cycle (2 stations and 16 bikes) launched on July 1, 2013. The B-cycle bikes are red with a small basket on the front and rear; lights that turn on automatically when ridden; 3 gears; adjustable seat; and built-in lock. Bikes may be checked-out daily 6:00 am through 10:00 pm; 90 minutes per session. As required by VA contract, B-cycle is the operator of the bike share system; which includes maintenance. Veterans violating the user agreement will have their access to bike share terminated.
Only Veterans are authorized to recieve a B-cycle membership card after proper training by Marty Fink, YMCA's certified cycling instructor; and completing a registration profile online to establish an account. Veterans authorized an account to use VA Roseburg B-cycle have metrics available on the website to track their progress: distance travelled, calories burned, and carbon off-set. VA Roseburg B-cycle gives Veterans a transportation option (for short trips), exercise, and proactive environmental impact.
While funded through ORH, VA Roseburg B-cycle is a closed system; exclusively for Veterans. However, through a sustainment plan over the next few years, bike share will transition to a larger public network (stations throughout Roseburg) funded by private, local, state, and federal entities.