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The best way to beat Super Bowl traffic — and it's free: The Bcycle alternative

The best way to beat Super Bowl traffic — and it's free

Crawford Island Bcycle station
The new Bcycle station at 925 Crawford Street recently opened. It's near Discovery Green. Photo by Christin Dietze

Weary of all the bumper-to-bumper Super Bowl traffic? Now, you can hop on a bike — and it's free.

BBVA Compass and Houston Bcycle are making it much easier for Houstonians and visitors to get around the city this week. The BBVA Compass Free Rides program provides free bicycles that can be checked out at all Bcycle stations through Super Bowl Sunday (February 5). 

After the Super Bowl ends, the no-cost program will continue on Fridays from February 10 to March 31. The Bike Share Free Fridays is also sponsored by BBVA Compass.

Houston Bcycle is a bike share program that provides a quick transportation alternative for getting around the city. Usually the cost is a base "membership fee'"of $5 daily, with bikes checked out from stations for free for the first 60 minutes. Riders are then houston charged $2 for each subsequent half-hour.

City officials recently celebrated the opening of the “Crawford Island” Bcycle station, located between Discovery Green and the new Marriott Marquis, close to Super Bowl Live events and the NFL Experience at the George R. Brown Convention Center. It is Houston Bike Share’s 14th downtown location.

Visit Houston and the Downtown District provided matching funding and site construction for the expansion. The Bcycle kiosk at the 925 Crawford Street features work by local graffiti artist w3r3on3 (Gelson Danilo Lemos).