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Greenville bike share to debut in spring

Staff Report
Published Dec. 4, 2012

Next spring, Greenville residents and visitors will be able to rent bicycles to ride around downtown.

The new bike-share program, called Greenville B-Cycle, was created through a partnership between Upstate Forever and the Greenville Hospital System with additional funding support from the Greenville Transit Authority and Greenville County Recreation District.

Bikes will be stationed at the Hyatt Regency, the Greenlink Transfer Station on McBee Avenue, Greenville City Hall, Fluor Field, the Sterling Community Center and County Square. The first 60 minutes of each ride are free to Greenville B-Cycle members. Daily, weekly and annual membership plans will be available ranging from $5 to $60.

Initially, Greenville B-Cycle will offer 28 adult-sized bicycles at these six stations for users to pick up or return, with expansion throughout Greenville planned over the next few years.

“With its thriving downtown business community, shopping, restaurants and entertainment, Greenville is an ideal community to bring in a system like Greenville B-Cycle,” said Brad Wyche, executive director of Upstate Forever, in a news release. “We hope the residents and visitors of Greenville will see this as a viable transportation alternative that not only reduces environmental pollution, but encourages physical activity and provides a convenient way to access all that downtown and the surrounding areas have to offer.”

System developer B-Cycle has been selected to provide the Greenville B-Cycle equipment and software. Greenville’s system will be the 17th in B-Cycle’s portfolio, which includes neighboring communities of Spartanburg and Charlotte. Upstate Forever will operate Greenville B-Cycle and contract with one or more local businesses to assist with operations and maintenance of the system.

Each bicycle will come equipped with self-charging GPS technology that provides rider data including speed and route ridden. Greenville B-Cycle operators will also be able to use the GPS technology to monitor the whereabouts of each bicycle to reallocate as needed and discourage theft. Bikes include baskets to store belongings during rides, as well as front and rear LED lights for safety. Helmets are not provided. Organizers are currently pursuing grants and sponsorships to eventually provide helmets to riders.

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