Shared biking program expands to four more neighborhoods

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bike Walk KC has secured funding to expand the B-cycle shared biking program into four new neighborhoods.

The program will add four stands in Westport, four on the Country Club Plaza, four in the Brookside and Waldo neighborhoods and one at 18th Street and Vine.

The 13 new stands will be in addition to the 12 stands that have been set up throughout downtown since the program started in 2012.

Bike Walk KC Executive Director Eric Rogers said each new stand costs about $50,000, which he feels is considerably less than typical transit projects.

"If you think about it in terms of other investments we make for transportation, it's a lot less than building a new freeway interchange," Rogers said. "It's a lot less than a streetcar vehicle, so it's really a cost-effective investment."

In 2012 and 2013, B-cycle had about 5,000 riders per year. According to Rogers, this year's numbers are on pace to have a 10 to 20 percent increase.

The GPS devices on each bike have logged thousands of miles. Collectively, riders have burned 2 million calories and kept 20,000 pounds of carbon out of the air, according to Rogers.

Organizers plan to expand B-cycle into Kansas City, Kan., northern Johnson County and north of the river. Their long-term goal is to have 200-300 stands throughout the metro.

All day bike passes are available for $7. Year memberships are available for $65.

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