After months of anticipation and years of planning, Memphis’ bike share system rolled out Wednesday.
Explore Bike Share launched with 600 bikes at 60 stations spanning from Downtown and Uptown, Midtown and South Memphis, to Crosstown and Orange Mound.
A crowd of about 200 gathered in Court Square to celebrate the launch, which Trey Moore, Bike Share executive director said “has been a long time coming.”
Doug McGowen, the city’s chief operating officer said the launch is "further proof that Memphis has momentum."
“It’s a new day for mobility,” McGowen said to a cheering crowd. “And how appropriate that as all the bikes were riding up, three trolleys rode by at the very same time 200 bikes were arriving in Court Square.
“It’s a nexus of all good things that are happening and it’s just the beginning.”
After the celebration, volunteers rode the fleet of bikes to their respective stations around the city for the first time. Next year, 300 more bikes will be added to the system at 30 additional stations.
Prices for bike rentals range from $5 for a single ride to $120 for an annual membership.