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.
More locations and more information, visit www.nashville.bcycle.com.