Sevens trucks loaded with equipment for the bike-share system launching here in the spring will arrive in Memphis on Thursday.
Explore Bike Share, set to launch this spring, will provide 600 high-tech bikes stationed at 60 locations around the city this year, followed by another 300 bikes in 2019.
“Six hundred state-of-the-art BCycle Dash bikes, which collectively make up the largest system of this technology caliber in the country, will be arriving this week in over six hundred boxes,” Rajah Brown, Explore Bike Share’s operations director said. “And those six hundred boxes need to be unpacked.”
Explore Bike Share staff is inviting the public to help unpack those boxes in two-hour shifts between Tuesday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb 8.
In return, volunteers will get drinks, snacks, and a free one-month bike-share membership. Bike knowledge and skills aren’t required.
“This is a system designed by Memphians for Memphis and, as such, we are always seeking opportunities to get more people involved,” Sara Studdard, the nonprofit’s community engagement and marketing director said. “Plus, this is the first opportunity to see and interact with the bikes that will physically and culturally transform Memphis’ transportation landscape.”
The unpacking process will take place in Uptown at Explore Bike Share’s staging warehouse on Keel. To sign up for a shift, go here.
Brown said this marks a milestone in the system's implementation timeline. Still, an exact launch date hasn't been decided.
Explore Bike Share staff is in the process of finalizing where the initial 60 stations will be located based on public input and collected data.