Artist’s conception of bike sharing station.
Image courtesy of BikeWalkKC
Bike Sharing Program Starts This Summer
Tired of waiting for improvements in sustainable transportation in Kansas City? The wait for a major step forward will soon be over - Bikesharing is coming to KC this summer.

Under the program you will be able to rent bikes at one of 20 stations spread across the greater downtown area. You can sign up for daily, weekly or annual (only $60) memberships. Members can swipe a debit or credit card at the docking station which unlocks the bike.

The first half hour is free. Then a modest rental fee is applied. The bike can be returned to any of the 20 stations. Bikes will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 9 months of the year.

Stations will be placed along bus routes and near major destinations in Crown Center, downtown, the crossroads and the river market.

The bikes are sturdy and comfortable and are equipped with a basket and lock. They will have adequate gearing to handle Kansas City’s rolling terrain. The bikes will have a tracker showing miles ridden, calories burned and pounds of carbon dioxide saved.

A free cell phone app will find the nearest station and the number of bikes available there.

The system is being developed under a partnership between BikeWalkKC and Blue Cross Blue Shield KC. They hope to add stations in other areas such as the Plaza and UMKC in the next year or two.

Bikeshare systems have been a great success in many cities around the world including Paris, London, Denver, Minneapolis, Omaha, Des Moines, Miami, Washington DC, San Antonio, and others.

For more information visit BikeWalkKC.org.