The City of San Antonio, through its Office of Sustainability, has been honored with the 2012 Innovation: Energy/Sustainable Development for a city with a population of more than 500,001 by Sister Cities International. The award is for the city’s bike share program, San Antonio B-Cycle, which launched in 2011 as the first modern-day bike sharing system in Texas, and has helped turn San Antonio into a nationally-recognized bicycling community. Bicycling Magazine named San Antonio as one of the top 50 bicycling communities in the nation, while the League of American Bicyclists recognized San Antonio as a bronze-level bicycle-friendly community.
“San Antonio’s continuous recognition as a bicycling community is proof that residents and visitors, alike, are rapidly embracing bicycling as a fit and environmentally-friendly method of transportation in our city,” said Mary C. Hammer, Office of Sustainability Interim Director. “We are honored to be recognized internationally by Sister Cities International for our efforts in advancing bicycling within our community.”
Since the program’s inception, San Antonio B-Cycle users have logged a total of 93,000 trips, 340,000 miles ridden, 15 million calories burned and 371,000 total pounds of carbon offset. In the coming months, San Antonio B-Cycle will further expand downtown and on the Mission Reach, creating a total of 48 B-Cycle stations in San Antonio. The City partners with San Antonio Bike Share, a non-profit organization that operates and maintains the system.
The City of San Antonio is one of three awardees from Texas. Bandera County and Forth Worth are also honorees. Awards will be officially presented on Saturday, July 13, 2013 during the 57th Sister Cities International Annual Conference, being held in San Antonio.
Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for more than 500 individual sister cities, counties and states across the U.S. with relationships in nearly 2,000 communities in 140 countries on six continents. Each year, Sister Cities International recognizes sister city programs that demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in advancing the goals and mission of the sister cities movement.
For more information, visit sanantonio.gov/SABikes, sanantonio.bcycle.com, and www.sister-cities.org.