Program Starts This Summer
Artist’s conception of bike sharing station.
Image courtesy of BikeWalkKC
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.
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
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.
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.
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