Explore Bike Share, a nonprofit motivated to install a comprehensive bike share system in Memphis, will bring a demonstration bike share station to town the week of July 26-29.
B-Cycle, a leading bike share system manufacturer Memphis’ selected vendor, will set up a station throughout Memphis for residents, tourists and potential sponsors to experience the health, cultural, environmental and urban transportation benefits of bike share. The station will serve as a physical example of the rented on-demand bicycle network that will be implemented in Memphis once the $4 million initial capital is reached.
The bike share demonstration schedule is as follows (see attached site map):
Wednesday, July 27
11-2 p.m. Overton Square
4-7 p.m. Intersection of Union Avenue & Main Street
Thursday, July 28
9-1 p.m. South Memphis Farmers Market
6-9 p.m. Levitt Shell
Friday, July 29
11-2 p.m. FedEx Forum — Food Truck Friday
Visitors are encouraged to follow the bike station through Memphis and post photographs on-site with #seemoreinmemphis. One selected daily winner (from July 27-29) will be announced as the recipient of a lifetime bike share membership.
The announcement of the demonstration station serves as a catalyst of a founding membership campaign, which requests individual “founding” member pledges on explorebikeshare.com or on-site during the demo station pop-ups.
Monthly user memberships are $15/month. A “pay it forward” annual membership donates the transportation and health care benefits of bike share to a Memphian in need for $200/year. Individuals can even pledge to “adopt a bike,” which offers an engraved name or quote on a bike share bike.
The founding membership drive, announced through a newly released video on Explore Bike Share’s Facebook page, will run through August 3. Visit explorebikeshare.com to sign up and learn more.
ABOUT EXPLORE BIKE SHARE. Explore Bike Share is a 501(c)3 with a mission to bring a bike share system to Memphis in 2017. It strives to develop and implement a bike sharing program for the benefit of the general public with access to as many Memphians as possible; promote bike culture in Memphis through community development, bike education and safety training; and encourage exercise and healthy lifestyles. Bike share is an on-demand network of rental bicycles; check out a bike from any station and go to the next destination, paying per ride, per day, or per month. For more information, visit explorebikeshare.com.