By now, you’ve probably seen one of Tucson’s very own Tugo Bike Share bikes around town. This new transportation option launched on November 17th with 36 stations and 330 bikes! The bikes are built to withstand regular urban riding, but are also quite comfortable, with adjustable seats, front and rear lights, a small cargo basket in front, and a bell.
Most of the stations are concentrated around downtown and the University of Arizona, but there are stations extending out for a few miles in each direction into 13 different neighborhoods.
Rates are $8 per day (targeted primarily to tourists), $18 per month, or $80 per year. There is also a $5 per year rate for registered members of the SNAP food assistance program. All memberships give you unlimited 30-minute rides for the purchased time period, with additional charges kicking in for trips longer than 30 minutes. These charges are easily avoided since the stations are all within a short distance of each other and you can simply dock your bike and check out another to continue your journey.
You can see where all the stations are located, learn more about the system and pricing, and sign up for memberships at tugobikeshare.com. You can also download the CycleFinder App to sign up for memberships, check availability at stations, and unlock bikes.
And if you want to give it a test ride before committing to a membership, you’re in luck. You can ride Tugo for FREE every Tuesday in December! Here’s how it works:
- Insert a credit card into the kiosk and select “$0 One-Day” or on the Cyclefinder App “Free Ride Tuesday”.
- Enter the code on the small keypad to the left of the bike you want and pull out the bike when the light turns green.
- Enjoy the ride!
- Return the bike to any dock within 30-minutes.
- Check-out another bike by inserting your credit card or on the App by selecting “I already have a pass” and repeat above.
This initial launch was funded by a Federal grant and through business sponsorships and memberships. If this phase proves successful, the City hopes to expand the system to reach more areas of Tucson.