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Memphis launches smart bike-share

It is the city’s largest bike-share system to date with a fleet of 600 bikes rolled out

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The launch of the Explore Bike Share programme in Memphis
The launch of the Explore Bike Share programme in Memphis

The city of Memphis, Tennessee, has launched its largest bike-share programme yet with a 600-strong fleet of Dash smart bikes rolled out, which will be increased to 900 by 2019. The Explore Bike Share marks BCycle’s 50th bike-share programme across the US.

 

Memphis also becomes the second community to launch a BCycle Dash ecosystem, which includes 60 Dash stations where bikes can be located and docked. Jackson, Wyoming, launched its Dash system in April this year while Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, will launch with Dash later this year.

 

BCycle’s mission is to partner with campuses, corporations and municipalities of all sizes to implement and maintain bike-share systems that complement and improve existing transportation infrastructure. It aims to incorporate elements that establish bike-share “as a critical component” of a community’s transit system offerings. The bikes are able to be docked on conventional bike racks, at its own Dash dock and next to a station if there are no available docks.


The bike incorporates front and rear integrated lighting, a heads-up display with trip information and 8-speed shifting. Riders can purchase a membership online, at a payment kiosk or through the BCycle app, where they will also be able to access trip history, routes and ride data.

 

Riders can check out bikes directly from the BCycle mobile app, using an Explore Bike Share RFID card or a user ID and PIN directly on the bike’s forward-facing touchscreen.

“Explore Bike Share’s mission is to provide an affordable, accessible and approachable transportation option for all Memphians and visitors,” said Trey Moore, executive director of Explore Bike Share. “BCycle’s equipment and technology have allowed us to fulfil that mission equitably and intentionally with flexible station sites and easy-to-use bikes.”

Globally, BCycle currently has more than 15,000 bikes on the ground and riders have taken nearly 15 million trips. All BCycle bikes are designed by Waterloo, Wisconsin-based Trek.

 

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