A new bike share system will soon roll into Memphis.
Explore Bike Share, a local nonprofit with a mission to develop and implement a robust and inclusive bike share system in Memphis, has announced its contract agreement with B-Cycle to bring a 600-bike system to the bluff city by Spring 2018.
The B-Cycle Dash system is the cutting edge of new bike share technology and accessibility, and the largest bike share system of its kind in the nation. Among other features, Dash bikes include a forward-facing, turn-by-turn touch screen GPS for route recommendations and easy-to-follow directions.
B-Cycle currently operates 1250 bike share stations and over 10,000 bikes in 43 communities.
In line with its mission to enter equitably and resourcefully for all Memphians and tourists, whether for transportation, health or cultural leisure, Explore Bike Share has proposed a full-scale service area to reach high-density areas of Downtown and Midtown, as well as South Memphis, Orange Mound and Binghampton.
“From its inception, Explore Bike Share has vowed to prioritize neighborhood needs, utilizing the system to serve all of Memphis, not just where the city sees density on a map,” said Roshun Austin, Explore Bike Share board member and President/CEO of The Works, Inc.. “We are proud to pursue and execute equity-oriented strategies such as bike safety education, ambassador programs, and workforce development partnerships.”
Explore Bike share will create routes for tourists and residents that highlight community assets, such as:
- MUSIC ROUTE takes riders on a bike tour through music-focused museums and spaces while also pointing out relevant public art, historical landmarks, and other points of interest.
- FOOD ACCESS ROUTE takes riders along a path to access a farmers market, grocery store, and other errands.
- EXERCISE ROUTE highlights loops and paths with guidance on how many miles traveled and calories burned, and provide other suggestions on how to add to riders' workout.
- HERITAGE TRAIL highlights a collection of historically significant, Memphis specific, African-American stories that have shaped local and regional culture.
Explore Bike Share will provide several membership options.
$15 a month, unlimited one-hour rides.
$4 for every 30 minutes. Pay for only the trips you take, for the less frequent riders and tourists.
Pay It Forward Membership:
$200 per year. Donate the benefits of bike share to a Memphian in need.
Provide increased access and an amenity for your organization’s or corporation’s employees.
Packages are flexible and available for organizations of any size.
Explore Bike Share will hold Q&A sessions this summer.