City officials launch bike-share program in downtown core

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 6:58pm

Nashvillians working and living near downtown now have a new transit option, an urban core bike-share program.

On Thursday city officials launched the Nashville B-cycle program, which includes 190 bikes at 20 automated kiosks used for short trips within a 3-mile radius of downtown.

Riders can check out a bicycle from one automated stations, ride it and return it at another station on an hourly rate. Aside from the hourly rate, users can also choose to buy daily passes, or seven-day, 30-day and one-year memberships options.

Officials say the program could be especially helpful to commuters who ride an MTA bus or train to downtown and need smaller-scale transportation for errands or lunch trips; downtown workers and residents who need transportation for short trips; and visitors to the urban core.

B-cycle rates are as follows: daily passes are $5; seven-day passes are $10; 30-day passes are $15; and an annual membership is $50. B-cycles can be checked out for an hour at a time with a fee of $1.50 for each additional 30 minutes.

The Nashville Downtown Partnership will manage the B-cycle program. It is funded under the Communities Putting Prevention to Work federal grant, which has been administered by the Metro Public Health Department.

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5 Comments on this post:

By: NewYorker1 on 12/14/12 at 10:04

When will City officials launch something outside of the downtown core? My property taxes have increased and the city looks very trashy imo. If I'm going to pay more, then City Officials need to step up it up. There are other parts of the city that needs attention.

By: producer2 on 12/14/12 at 10:56

All property owners including residents pay an additional tax in both the CBID and GBID districts downtown. We also pay all the same taxes you pay. The Nashville Downtown Partnership which is running this bike program is totally funded by those additional taxes that you do not pay. We do get. A few extra projects for this fee.

By: NewYorker1 on 12/14/12 at 1:52

There's trash on the sides of every road, pot holes the size my car on every freaken street. The City officials need to step it up or step aside.

By: parnell3rd on 12/15/12 at 6:11

How much did this cost the tax payers of Davidson County? I find it interesting that the NCP left this out of the news.

By: AutoNPD on 12/15/12 at 6:47

@parnell3rd: it is funded by the "Communities Putting Prevention to Work" grant (last paragraph of story). It is a CDC grant to help prevent obesity and smoking. Bike share is a way to promote active transportation.
@newyorker: have you talked to your local city council member?

Everyone who is interested in transportation issues should think about how increased traffic congestion will impact / is impacting the city core. How will we access the city conveniently? I think that any method that reduces vehicle trips within the city should be given a try. I saw one of kiosks - looks very convenient to use.