Explore Bike Share Seeks Permanent Headquarters

PATRICK LANTRIP | MEMPHIS DAILY NEWS

In anticipation of its roll out next spring, Explore Bike Share is in the search for a permanent headquarters and a temporary warehouse to construct its 600-bike fleet.

For its permanent headquarters, the nonprofit bike-share initiative is seeking a minimum of 6,000 square feet with expansion opportunities and room for two overnight vans, a maintenance shop and a battery-charging station. It wants the facility to be within its initial service area, which includes Midtown, Downtown, Uptown, South Memphis, Binghampton and Orange Mound.

Meanwhile, Explore Bike Share also is looking for a warehouse with a minimum of 20,000 square feet to occupy for two to three months beginning Feb. 1.

“Explore Bike Share has valued and prioritized transparency through all aspects of its journey, and this part of the process is no different,” said 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.”

Proposals can be sent to info@explorebikeshare.com by Friday, Nov. 3.