MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Explore Bike Share is set to get bigger, adding hundreds of new bikes and dozens of docking stations across the Bluff City.
Memphis City Council Chairman Kemp Conrad says he wants money paid to the city from those companies to fund the explore bike share expansion.
“We need an ecosystem of transportation options,” Conrad said.
When Bird and Lime scooters came into the Bluff City, Memphis welcomed them, unlike other cities nationwide, passing a "shared mobility" ordinance to define how scooter companies can operate here.
“We want to keep investing in that infrastructure,” Conrad said.
Part of that ordinance involves the collection of a fee: $1 per scooter per day the companies pay the city.
The devices are on pace to make $200,000 annually for Memphis.
Conrad wants $75,000 of that money to go back to Explore Bike Share, taking them from 600 bikes and 50 stations now to 900 bikes and at least 100 stations later in 2019.
“We are learning what bike share means to Memphis,” said Trey Moore, executive director of Explore Bike Share.
Moore said while most of the bikes have been used for recreation, the growth of the network past Midtown will open up a new transportation mode in some of Memphis’s core neighborhoods.
“We will be able to go into new neighborhoods, Binghamton, the university district, the fairgrounds area, we will be moving into so we are excited about what it means for Memphis,” Moore said.
For more information, visit Explore Bike Share’s website.