Explore Bike Share Begins Search For Warehouse and Permanent Headquarters

Explore Bike Share, a local 501(c)3 that will implement a robust 600-bike bike share system in Memphis next Spring, has officially begun its search for temporary warehousing space and permanent headquarters.

“Explore Bike Share has valued and prioritized transparency through all aspects of its journey, and this part of the process is no different,” says John Paul Shaffer, Explore Bike Share board secretary and Executive Director of BLDG Memphis. “There is immense potential for activating spaces to build, operate, and maintain Memphis’ incoming fleet of bikes, and we want to make sure that everyone has the chance to share and seize the opportunity.”

The temporary warehouse will be occupied by Explore Bike Share beginning February 1, 2018 for a 2-3-month bike and station build-out period. Specifications are as follows:

Temporary Warehouse requirements:

  • 20,000 square feet minimum
  • Ground-floor entrance with bay door
  • Space for mobile bike work stations
  • Sufficient internet and cell connection services
  • Dumpster rental (for recycling and garbage)
  • Climate-controlled with ample electricity and lighting

Explore Bike Share’s permanent headquarters, which will host a full-time staff and maintenance shop, will be occupied beginning in January 2018. The headquarters should live within Explore Bike Share’s initial service area, which spans from Binghampton and Orange Mound through Midtown and Downtown, as well as South Memphis and Uptown neighborhoods. Specifications are as follows:

Permanent Headquarters requirements:

  • 6,000 square feet minimum
  • Central location within Explore Bike Share initial service area
  • Ground-floor entrance with bay door
  • Overnight parking for 2 vans
  • Climate-controlled office space with conference room for 7 full-time employees 
  • Climate-controlled maintenance shop space with four work stations, preferably connected to office but able to segregate
  • Space expansion opportunities
  • Space for battery charging station

Real estate opportunities should be submitted to info@explorebikeshare.com by Friday, November 3.

Explore Bike Share has signed a contract with selected vendor and manufacturing partner B-Cycle for the 600-bike system. The organization is currently interviewing candidates for Executive Director with an expectation to announce the new hire in November.

“The quality of responses to our call for an Executive Director has been overwhelming,” says Jaske Goff, Explore Bike Share board hiring committee lead and Vice President of Operations at the DMC. “We are confident that, among the pool of qualified candidates, we will hire a leader who will launch and cement Explore Bike Share as an equitable and easy-to-use transit option for Memphians.”