A nonprofit group planning to launch a bike-share program in Memphis will host bike demo stations in Midtown, South Memphis, and downtown this week.
Explore Bike Share will be set up at Overton Square on Wednesday, July 27th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and later that day, they'll be downtown near the intersection of Union and Main from 4 to 7 p.m. Bikes will be available for test rides, and those interested can learn about bike share's pay-and-ride process. Representatives from B-Cycle (the company providing the bikes) and Explore Bike Share will be on-hand answering questions.
When the idea comes to full fruition, the bike-share program would place stations in neighborhoods all over the city, including lower-income areas where bicycle transportation may be more needed. Those who expect to use the program regularly can buy memberships for $15 a month, but bikes can also be rented by the day. There's also an annual "pay it forward" membership for $200 for those who'd like to donate a membership to a Memphian in need.
Explore Bike Share will host additional demos on Thursday, July 28th at the South Memphis Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Levitt Shell from 6 to 9 p.m. And they'll be demoing at the FedExForum's Food Truck Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 29th.
Those who stop by the demo stations are encouraged to post photos on social media using the hastag #seemoreinmemphis. Each day, from July 27th-29th, they'll select a winner to receive an annual bike share membership.