Mayor Karl Dean, with Metro Public Health and the Nashville Downtown Partnership, has launched Nashville B-cycle, the city’s new bike-share program that is designed for short trips within the urban core. Nashville B-cycle includes 190 bikes at 20 automated kiosks within a three-mile radius of downtown
Riders can check out a B-cycle from one of the automated bike stations, ride to their destination and return the bike at any nearby station for an hour at a time. Individuals can purchase daily passes or memberships including seven-day, 30-day and one-year options.
“Nashville B-cycle is one more way that we can make Nashville a more bike-friendly city and inspire people to embrace healthy, active living,” Dean said. “The strategically located kiosks will make getting around our urban core even easier and more convenient for workers, residents and visitors.”
As part of the launch, Mayor Dean, Metro Health Director Bill Paul and Tom Turner, CEO and president of the Nashville Downtown Partnership, checked out B-cycle bikes from the kiosk at Public Square, rode to the Nashville Farmers’ Market and checked the bikes back into a kiosk there. After a short visit, they returned to Public Square.
Nashville B-cycle is open to anybody but will be especially helpful to those who take the MTA bus or train to downtown and need transportation to run errands or go out to lunch; downtown workers and residents who need transportation to attend meetings and make other short trips in the area; and visitors needing transportation to key destination points in the urban core.
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. More information is at www.nashville.bcycle.com.
B-cycle is used in many other large cities, including Charlotte, Houston and Denver. Nashville B-cycle will be managed by the Nashville Downtown Partnership. It is funded under the Communities Putting Prevention to Work federal grant, which has been administered by the Metro Public Health Department.
Nashville B-cycle is the newest initiative to promote healthy, active living started by Mayor Karl Dean. Since taking office, he has invested more than $130 million in health-related public infrastructure, including sidewalks, bikeways, community centers, parks, multi-modal streets and public health facilities. Community-wide events he has hosted include Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor, Mayor’s Challenge 5K Walk/Run and Mayor’s Field Day.
Nashville B-cycle expands on the city’s existing bike share program, called Nashville GreenBikes, a system of free bikes available at several Metro Parks community centers and greenways.
Nashville B-cycle kiosks are located at these destination points:
• The Gulch: 11th and 12th Avenue South
• Music Row Roundabout: 16th Avenue South
• Centennial Park: 27th Avenue North
• SoBro: Third Avenue South and Symphony Place at the base of the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge
• Public Square: Third Avenue North and Union Street
• North Capitol: Fourth Avenue North and James Robertson Parkway
• TPAC: Sixth Avenue North and Union Street
• Nashville Farmers’ Market: Seventh Avenue North at the outdoor food court
• Frist Center: Ninth Avenue South and Demonbreun Street
• Riverfront Station: Broadway and First Avenue North
• Fifth Third Plaza: Church Street between Fifth and Fourth Avenue North
• The District: Commerce and Seventh Avenue North
• Music City Central: Deaderick Street and Fifth Avenue North
• Walk of Fame Park: Demonbreun Street and Fifth Avenue South
• Rolling Mill Hill: Hermitage Avenue and Middleton Street
• Fisk/Meharry: Jefferson Street and Dr. D.B. Todd Boulevard
• Germantown: Fifth Avenue and Monroe Street.
• Five Points/East Nashville: South 11th Street
• Cumberland Park: Victory Way at base of Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge
• Hillsboro Village: Wedgewood Avenue and 21st Avenue South