Trails. Ideas. Empowerment. There is momentum building for bicycling across the country. This is blog is a place to discuss ideas, find information on trails and examine potential opportunities for bicycling in the Upstate of South Carolina. Join me in my exploration!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Exploring Bike Share
Bike share programs are becoming popular and might be
popping up in a community near you. Within the last few years, the cities of
Greenville and Spartanburg have invested in bike share programs, creating
another way for people to move around and have fun in the upstate. Spartanburg launched its system in 2011, having bragging rights of being the first bike
share system in the southeastern region of the country. Greenville launched their program in early 2013, with stations located near downtown,
neighborhoods and near the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
Greenville Bike Share Station
Bike share is a program where bicycles are available for
public use for a minimal charge. Stations are located at various destinations,
and riders/users can ride around running errands and touring local sites on two-wheels.
Bike share works because people feel safe using it, it’s inexpensive and it’s
convenient. It’s another part of the alternative transportation system. It’s
another way to have fun and get just a little bit of exercise.
who use bike share aren’t the lycra crowd. (Or, maybe they are, but they
probably aren’t donning their bicycle-super-racer gear.) They are everyday
folks dressed in everyday attire. The bikes generally have baskets to store
your purse, phone or whatever other things that you carry with you. They also
come with locks, so there’s no worry about the bike being stolen if a docking station
isn’t nearby. They are light enough to ride without working up a sweat. They
are meant to be easy to use.
I am interested to hear your thoughts on bike share: what you liked, didn't like, what surprised you. If you see a bike share station, use or have used a bike share bike, please share that experience in the comments!