What made last year so fantastic? From Free Ride Days to celebrating our One Year Anniversary, there’s a lot for Tugo members & users to celebrate as we reflect back on 2018 and ride forward into 2019.
The end of 2018 marked 13 months of operation for Tugo Bike Share in Tucson. Thousands of Tucsonians and visitors have embraced the program with the purchase of annual memberships and casual riding passes, resulting in over 30,ooo trips. Can we beat this ridership in 2019? Be a part of the movement!
We gave back to our riders this year with Free Ride Days! Offering users free rides on specified dates, we invited Tucson to try the system free of charge.
In September, riders enjoyed Free Ride Week to celebrate the coming of fall and an influx of students returning to the city. Hundreds of people took to the streets to ride. Further, encouraging Tucsonians to get to the polls, we also hosted a Free Ride Day to help people get to the polls to vote in November. Whether commuting to work, running errands or exploring Tucson, Tugo’s Free Ride Days gave our city the opportunity to do so from a bike seat.
Tugo was the new kid on the block and we wanted to fit in and find a way to give back. We partnered with local organization Ben’s Bells to create the the first Be Kind Unicorn Bike in an effort to raise money for Ben’s Bells community work. The Be Kind Bike was the first Unicorn Bike for Tugo and we looked forward to many more Unicorn Bike programs to hit the streets!
In 2018, we launched our Member Perks program in an effort to continue to grow the community around Tugo Bike Share. The program extends discounts to members for goods and services around Tucson, as well as allows Tugo to further integrate into the community by partnering with local businesses. Member Perks program will continue to flourish as we add on new partners every month. If you don’t have a membership already, grab one and ride through Tucson, while connecting with local gems listed on our site!
November 2017 brought the excitement and change in the way Tucsonians move with the launch of Tugo Bike Share. One year later, in November 2018, Tucson celebrated Tugo’s first birthday with a celebration event that brought together key program partners, founding sponsors as well as enthusiastic riders and all around supporters.
The ride continued with Team Tugo. A dedicated group of riders came together and took on the 25 mile leg of the tour on Tugo bikes. Keep calm and ride on, Tucson!
“Most days, I find myself at the University of Arizona: near University Blvd, at the Main Library, and around the Health Sciences area. Luckily, there’s a TuGo station near each of those areas! During the week, it’s not rare for me to check out a TuGo bike twice in one day (even three or four times, depending on my schedule).
-Your Friends at Tugo Bike Share