Spartanburg B-cycle is the First Bike Sharing System in the Southeast

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Spartanburg B-cycle is the First Bike Sharing System in the Southeast

Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2012

Now it is easier than ever for visitors to Spartanburg to enjoy a bicycle ride around downtown. Partners for Active Living (PAL) helped launch the Southeast’s first bike-sharing system, Spartanburg B-cycle.  The initiative includes 14 B-cycles at 2 B-stations, one at the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail and the other at Morgan Square.

“Spartanburg B-cycle is an innovative, convenient tool that can help get residents and visitors, alike, more active.  We want physical activity to be as easy as possible in Spartanburg,” said PAL executive director Laura Ringo.  “We hope that the bicycles are used for trips around downtown and for recreation on the Rail Trail. In addition, we want to ensure that Spartanburg continues to be a leader as a bicycle-friendly community.”

The sharing process is simple: become a member and then users have access to the red cruiser bikes. The program has three different membership types: annual, 30-day or 24-hour.  The price of membership is $30, $15 and $5, respectively.  The first hour with each use is free.  Each additional half-hour is $1.  Memberships are purchased with a credit card online or at either of the kiosks.  Annual and 30-day members will receive a B-card in the mail to make bicycle check-out take only seconds.  Bikes can be checked out and returned at either location.

The bikes are equipped with a front basket, an easily adjustable seat, three gears and a handy bell, as well as a computer to track mileage, calories burned and carbon offsets. Riders can monitor their personal fitness, miles traveled, carbon offsets and also connect with others online at

For additional information about Partners for Active Living and Spartanburg B-cycle, please visit or call 864.598.9638.

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