Madison Public Library Foundation is sponsoring Madison BCycle’s new Community Pass Program that will enable riders to use their Madison Public Library card to access one of over 300 electric bikes.

While bike checkouts from a BCycle station or mobile app typically require a credit card or smartphone, the Madison BCycle Community Pass Program allows library patrons to use their library card instead. 

“Making bike share more accessible in our community is a top priority for us,” said Madison BCycle General Manager Helen Bradley. “Launching the Community Pass Program is one way we can ensure people who rely on alternative transportation have a free option, thanks to our partnership with Madison Public Library Foundation.”

All nine Madison Public Library locations will have two Community Passes available for checkout. Madison BCycle has a station outside of Central Library on West Mifflin Street, with plans to install a new station outside of Pinney Library on Cottage Grove Road this fall.

To get started, library patrons can check out the pass from any Madison Public Library location, just like checking out a book. The passes can be checked out for up to a week at a time and provide access to 300+ electric-assist bikes from more than 50 BCycle stations throughout the city. Users may choose to check out a helmet as well.

Riders can learn more about the Community Pass Program at or on Instagram and Facebook.