Pace ABQ Bike Share by Rio Metro
Pace ABQ is a new type of bike sharing that's just like riding your own bike. With Pace ABQ, riders can rent one of the 250 bikes from any one of 50 dedicated Pace ABQ bike racks, or from any public bike rack available throughout the city.
This mix of intelligently placed bike share racks, plus the freedom of being able to lock Pace ABQ bikes to public racks, enables true point-to-point travel while ensuring riders can reliably add bike sharing to their daily transit mix.
How Pace Works
Pace ABQ bike share is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Eligible participants must have a valid credit or debit card to become a member. Once a rider had downloaded the Pace app (Apple / Android), renting a bike is as easy as three simple steps:
- Borrow: Find bikes near you in the Pace app (App Store or Google Play). When you enter the bike number into the app on your mobile device, the lock will pop open. Unplug the security cable and hop on.
- Ride: Enjoy your ride! Select “Hold Bike” in the app if you’d like to keep your bike during a quick stop. Grab a coffee and your bike will wait.
- Return: Park at your destination by locking to a Pace ABQ rack or any public bike rack. Push the back tire lock closed and secure with the cable.
Get the App
To use Pace ABQ, riders download the free “Pace Bike Share” app, available in the App Store or Google Play. Riders find available bikes and parking locations in the app and can unlock bikes at the touch of a button.
Rides cost $1 per 30 minutes, and the first 30-minute ride for every new user is free.
Report a Problem
Pace wants to hear from you if there is a problem with a bike or rack. Please see the Bike Share Contact Sheet (PDF) for information on how to reach out to Pace.
Bike Share 101
Bike share is a transit system that consists of a network of stations where bikes are publicly available for short-term rental. Bike share trips are typically short distances and a brief amount of time.
Bike share also complements existing public transit, providing the first and last mile of connectivity by filling in gaps where no other mode exists. Bike share is a healthy, sustainable, and affordable form of public transportation. Rio Metro uses Zagster's Pace Program for its bike share.
Albuquerque’s downtown pilot bike share, BICI (a shortened version of bicicleta, the Spanish word for bicycle and pronounced “bee-see”), launched on National Bike to Work Day May 15, 2015, with 15 stations and 75 bicycles. Through a creative partnership between the DowntownABQ MainStreet Initiative and the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), and through public-private funding, Albuquerque was able to realize the first phase of BICI for residents and visitors.
From Pilot to Permanent Program
Rio Metro's Executive Board unanimously approved adding the bike share program under their management and growing the program beyond downtown Albuquerque. Rio Metro secured a federal grant to purchase the capital equipment for the bike share system and sponsorship will provide the operations and maintenance. Rio Metro has worked with the community and local governments to extend the program beyond downtown. This expansion provides access to 250 bicycles and 50 stations – the pilot program was 75 bicycles and 15 stations.
Since its launch, bike share has been a success and provides both residents and visitors another transportation mode for getting around downtown and beyond. This success is due in large part to community support - especially through local private businesses. Without the private business support on this great project, there would be no bike share. Importantly, because of this public private partnership downtown Albuquerque was able to demonstrate the need for this type of amenity not only in downtown, but other neighborhoods of the city.
Bike Share Data
Planners reviewed and analyzed the first two years of data from the BICI pilot program. This infographic is a summary of the first two years of BICI data from May 15, 2015 to May 15, 2017. According to a 2014 MRCOG travel survey, 32% of all bicycles trips in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area (AMPA) are made by women. Yet interestingly, 53% of BICI users from the AMPA are women! Planners are interested in exploring this further with the expansion plans.
While Rio Metro is thrilled to receive federal funds, it will not cover the cost of the entire system, so the expansion will build on the public private partnership model, which made the pilot program successful. The federal funds can only be used for capital and sponsorship funding will be used to help cover operations and maintenance costs.
A bike share sponsorship is not only like a roving billboard with your brand, but it’s a community amenity providing residents and tourists a healthy, sustainable, affordable, and fun way of moving through Albuquerque.