Explore Bike Share puts out RFP seeking partner

By Meagan Nichols, Memphis Business Journal 

Explore Bike Share has spent the last few months gaining public support, and now they want to gain a partner.

The effort to implement a bike share program in Memphis, led by Doug Carpenter of Doug Carpenter & Associates and an advisory committee, was announced June 1, 2015. Following a series of public meetings and community engagement efforts, Explore Bike Share now has released its official Request For Proposal.

To view the full Request for Proposal, titled "See More in Memphis," take a look at the end of the story.

Titled “See More in Memphis,” the RFP is intended to attract a partner that allows Explore Bike Share to create a bicycle system that stretches from Downtown Memphis to the University District, with an anticipated first quarter 2016 launch. The partner must present a plan that supports the mission and goals of Explore Bike Share, which includes the creation of a financially stable system, with no aid from the city, improves access, is safe, encourages a healthy lifestyle, promotes tourism, increases livability and provides a valid means of transportation. Explore Bike Share intends to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Interested applicants must submit a full-fledged bike network plan with detailed information on the bicycles, docking stations, payment kiosks, software and data services as well as a sustainable business model. The RFP states that the winning vendor will be responsible for the shipment and installation of the bike share equipment and hiring staff. Explore Bike Share also wants to ensure that the project is centered on Memphis, and respondents must demonstrate an understanding of the city.

“We are using the RFP process to open the discussion to find the right partner to help us build a system specifically for Memphis,” Carpenter said. “There are many variables that can/will change once we select our partner. This includes the number of stations and locations.”

In February 2013, Alta Planning + Design prepared a “Memphis Bike Share Feasibility Study” for the City of Memphis that stated that the city could support 63 stations for a total of 580 bikes.

See original article here.

View Explore Bike Share RFP here