Biking to work or just grabbing a quick errand just got a little easier in downtown. Charlotte B-Cycle was introduced today– the state’s first bike-sharing program. The first stations have been installed uptown at Trade and Tryon streets and outside 7th Street Public Market.
The 20 stations are located near bus, shuttle and light-rail stops, and the future streetcar. In addition to spots in uptown and SouthEnd, stations also will be built at Carolinas Medical Center-Main, Presbyterian Hospital and Johnson C. Smith University.
The bikes weigh about 45 pounds, with baskets on the front. Other features include disc brakes, adjustable seats and covered chains. Each bike also will have GPS tracker.
Riders will need to use a debit or credit card to rent bikes, and users also will need to sign liability waivers. Daily memberships will cost $8 and annual fees are $65. BlueCross BlueShield members can get annual memberships for $50, and others can get $5 off by signing up before the end of July. Try it out for free this weekend.