A bike share program known by the name B-Cycle is headed for downtown Nashville. The program hopes to increase the bike-ability of the downtown Nashville area as well as supplement the ongoing city-wide initiative, NashVitality, in fighting obesity.
The program, launching later this year, will bring 200 new bikes as well as 20 automated B-Cycle kiosks to downtown. Designed for short trips, the program is fee-based and will be managed by the Nashville Downtown Partnership. Annual memberships will be available for $50-$60, allowing for unlimited 30 minute rides. Smaller charges for day passes will be optional, as well.
The current GreenBikes program in Nashville operates for free at eight parks around the city. B-Cycle will cater to a more urban clientele and allow for more bike access throughout the city. B-Cycle will be another component to the NashVitality initiative which is working to fight obesity. Other components of NashVitality include a “share-the-road” safety campaign and an innovative city bicycle map which helps recommend the safest routes for bikers.
B-Cycle already operates in over 12 cities, including Charlotte, Chicago, Denver and Houston. It will provide three-speed bikes that have step through designs, more suitable and accessible for women who may be wearing skirts or dresses. The bikes will also feature baskets.
Public demonstrations of the program and kiosks will take place throughout the city to allow the public to test ride a B-Cycle and learn more about the new system. Demonstrations will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Locations are as follows: Vanderbilt on August 1st, Five Points in East Nashville on August 2nd and Nashville Farmer’s Market on August 3rd. Click here to read more about B-Cycle.