If you live near one of the 60 stations Explore Bike Share has installed in Memphis this spring, you may have noticed them come to life last week as 600 bikes were distributed throughout the city during The Big Roll-Out, the official launch of Memphis’ first bike-share system.
The Memphis program is the largest system to date launched by BCycle, one of a few companies nationwide who provide the complex infrastructure needed to implement a bike sharing system, from bicycles and docking stations to technology and customer service.
Memphis is the 50th city the company has launched in 10 years and part of a much larger nationwide trend. A recent report by the National Association of City Transportation Officials says that residents and tourists in US cities took 35 million bike-share trips in 2017, up 25 percent from the year before.
Bike share programs aren’t just widespread in places like New York and Chicago – Birmingham, Nashville, Cincinnati, Oklahoma City, and Fort Worth are just a few of the smaller cities nationwide who are capitalizing on this trend. Our neighbors in Germantown also launched two bike share stations last month, operating on a different software system.