Bike share exploration process begins in Memphis with Thursday meeting

When Minneapolis leaders discussed the creation of a bike sharing program in 2008, the usual questions surfaced: How would it pay for itself? Who would use it? Would the bikes get stolen?

“They were all big, big questions,” said Bill Dossett, executive director of Nice Ride Minnesota.

Yet Minneapolis sought answers to those questions, forged ahead with bike sharing, and the result is what CityLab recently said “might be the nicest” bike share system in the country — and well-used, too, with more than 400,000 rides last year, according to Minnesota Public Radio. More than 55 U.S. cities now have some variation of bike sharing.

Memphis could be next.

Originally featured in The Commercial Appeal. Read more.....