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RideScout & Austin B-cycle Announce Partnership; Improve Local Transportation

The startup returns to its hometown and enhances functionality, bringing more Austin options together.

PRLog - Feb. 19, 2014 - AUSTIN, Texas -- Austin, Texas: In a press conference this morning, RideScout and Austin B-cycle announced the recent integration of the bikeshare system in RideScout’s mobile app and celebrated better transportation options in the city. RideScout, an Austin-based startup, is a technology platform that connects users to public, private and social modes of transportation, linking users to Austin B-cycle, CapMetro, car2go, Electric Cab, and pedicab as well as walking, biking, driving, and real-time parking options in one app.

"The default answer for transportation in Austin does not have to be a personal car. Companies like RideScout make it easier for Austinites to find the transportation options that work best for them,” said Austin Council Member Chris Riley. “For every Austinite who finds an alternative for their commute, RideScout has helped all of us by taking one more car off the road."

With the proliferation of several new transportation services in Austin, RideScout is a platform that brings many options together in one view. Recent RideScout app improvements include comprehensive Austin B-cycle trip planning, car2go cost estimates and enhanced functionality for Android app users.

"With transit, car share, and bikeshare, Austin finally has a complete transportation solution that reduces traffic congestion while getting you where you want to go fast and easy," said Elliott McFadden, Executive Director of Austin B-cycle. "And now we have a single app with RideScout that lets Austinites plan trips on CapMetro, Car2go and Austin B-cycle, all in one place."

Austin B-cycle launched operations on December 21, 2013 and plans to have 40 stations by mid-March.

“As an Austinite myself, I’m thrilled to come back and help improve transportation in Austin after we’ve proven the model with our launch in Washington, DC,” said Joseph Kopser, Co-Founder and CEO of RideScout.  “There has never been an app where the people of Austin can see and compare this many transportation options in real-time. Now there is and it’s called RideScout.”

RideScout launched operations in Washington, DC on November 20, 2013 and has been growing steadily with a 20% increase in active users week over week.

"With the recent addition of MetroRapid service, Capital Metro is giving Austin residents more options to commute quickly and comfortably," said Todd Hemingson, Capital Metro's Vice-President Strategic Planning & Development. "We are excited to see RideScout come into the Austin market and make combining trips with transit, car share and bike share that much easier for the customer."

RideScout and Austin B-cycle announce their partnership just before SXSW, during which the bikeshare system and local car2go outpost expect to have a spike in new and active users.

“With our North American headquarters here in Austin, we’re invested in this city and are excited to welcome RideScout, which enables the city’s residents to choose an option like car2go or an alternative option when it doesn’t make sense for him or her to drive,” said car2go Chief Marketing Officer Paul DeLong.

About RideScout: Started by two veterans turned entrepreneurs, RideScout is revolutionizing how people find and use ground transportation. Now available in Washington, DC and Austin, TX, the company’s iPhone and Android apps aggregate public and private ground transportation options, allowing you to search and compare them on-demand. The company unveiled its alpha product at SXSW Interactive in March 2013 and launched in its first city of Washington, DC November of 2013. Visit www.ridescoutapp.com for more information.

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