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Project Profile: SunCycle - El Paso Bike Share Program

SunCycle - El Paso Bike Share Program

Source: Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA)

Caption: Riders can use their credit or debit cards to rent a bike at SunCycle's kiosks.

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  • Alternative Project Delivery: Design-Bid-Build, Project Bundling, & Value Capture (Transportation Corporation)
Project Name SunCycle - El Paso Bike Share Program
Location El Paso, TX
Project Sponsor / Borrower Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA)
Program Areas Alternative Project DeliveryValue Capture
Value Capture Techniques Transportation Reinvestment Zone (TRZ) & Sponsorships
Mode Pedestrian / Bicycle / Light Rail Transit

SunCycle – El Paso’s first bike share program offers a fleet of 160 red, standard bikes, and 16 white, electric bikes (e-bikes). The new e-bikes cost $2,400 per unit and rent for the same price as SunCycle's regular bikes (i.e., $6 for a 24-hour pass, and $75 for an annual membership for unlimited rides). Riders can make payments using credit or debit cards through SunCycle's 15 kiosks, where bikes are parked, or through a third-party vendor phone app that offers daily, weekly, monthly, and annual passes. The kiosks are Downtown and in and near the UTEP campus in West Central El Paso.

Launched in 2015 by CRRMA with 80 bikes and eight stations that linked downtown El Paso to the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) campus, SunCycle serves as an innovative program that meets the area’s transportation and environmental needs by giving residents an affordable, no-hassle way to commute that eliminates emissions. In 2016, the program expanded to include 80 additional bikes and seven new stations.

By November 2016, the program had accounted for more than 16,000 rides taken, or 84,000 miles ridden. Riders had burned more than 3.3 million calories and eliminated nearly 80,000 pounds of carbon emissions.

SunCycle is funded through grants, sponsorships, partnerships, and donations, as well as ride memberships and user fees that cover operations and equipment. In 2019, the program generated $90,000 in sponsorships.

Cost $1.6 million
Funding Sources
  • Phase I Grant - $750,000
  • Phase II Grant - $548,000
  • El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization - $90,000
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Protection - $276,000
  • City of El Paso, TRZ - $100,000
  • University of Texas at El Paso's Green Fund - $24,000
Project Delivery / Contract Method Design-Build & Operations and Maintenance (O&M)
Private Partner Mesilla Pedicab Company
Project Advisors / Consultants Alta Planning and Design
Lenders N/A
Duration / Status Launched in September of 2015 and continued adding bikes in 2019.
Financial Status/Financial Performance As of FY19 Q3, SunCycle has $1,665,260.62 in grants and revenues, $1,326,732.96 in expenses, and $338,527.66 in operations and maintenance (O&M) funds remaining.
  • Address the region’s transportation, health, and environmental concerns
  • Reduces our carbon footprint
  • 16 e-bikes have digital screens showing speed
  • SunCycle’s Partnership & Sponsorship Programs
Related Links / Articles
Contacts CRRMA
Name Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority
Raymond L. Telles, Executive Director
Tel: (915) 212-1072
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