More people are using the B-cycle bike-share system in Des Moines than in years past, according to numbers compiled by the Des Moines Bicycle Collective.

A total of 1,651 people have rented a B-cycle bicycle so far this year, up 43 percent from 1,153 in the same period a year ago. Each month of the year from March through June has seen a year-over-year increase.

To use the system, individuals can purchase a daily or annual access pass, and then pick up a B-cycle bicycle at any station and return it to any station. Stations are located throughout downtown. For more information, go to