Thursday, December 7, 2017

Explore Bike Share Wants Memphians' Input on Sites for Future Stations

Posted By on Thu, Dec 7, 2017 at 3:31 PM

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Explore Bike Share, launching here in spring 2018, is asking Memphians to help decide where the first 60 bike stations should be located in the city.

Residents can visit the bike-share system’s interactive map and drop a pin on their choices for stations, as well as “like” locations suggested by others.

Of the 415 locations pinned on the map so far, more than half are in or around downtown,

concentrated between Riverside, Danny Thomas, Poplar, and G.E. Patterson. Pins also mark spots in Uptown, the Medical District, Mud Island, and South Memphis.

Further east, past Bellevue, about a quarter of the sites chosen are in the midtown area bordered by East Parkway, Poplar, and Central, including 31 requests for a station near Overton Park and the zoo.

Operated by the B-Cycle Dash System, the 60 stations will initially store 600 bikes, adding another 300 in 2019.

B-Cycle Dash System currently operates 1,250 bike share stations with more than 10,000 bikes in 50 communities. Their bikes are equipped with high-tech amenities, such as GPS systems with route recommendations and turn-by-turn directions.

Station preferences can be submitted here until Dec. 31, and in February, the final locations will be announced.

“This is an opportunity for everyone to contribute to the building of a transformational transportation and cultural asset,” Explore Bike Share board member Roshun Austin said. “We’ve said from day one that the most effective system would be built by Memphis for Memphis — so here’s your chance to share your vision for physical bike share station locations.”

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