Explore Bike Share, a nonprofit operating Memphis’ first and only bike share system, continues to roll out its eBike fleet across the city in alongside a unified docking and pricing model for its growing system.
The 300-bike eBike fleet, made possible by a Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) grant, joins Explore Bike Share’s system of existing classic rental bikes and accompanying docks, which have been temporarily removed to be retrofitted and evolve Explore Bike Share into a system that offers more convenience and accommodates both bike types seamlessly.
eBikes use an electric motor and battery to help users power their ride. On pedal assist eBikes, the assist only kicks in when pedaling. The motor amplifies the power behind each pedal stroke, providing the feeling of riding naturally.
“It’s pretty amazing what a little extra boost can do to your journey,” says Explore Bike Share Executive Director Anton Mack. “With an electric bike, there’s no ride too long and no place your legs can’t carry you.”
Over the past few months, Explore Bike Share has broadened its eBike station footprint after a successful pilot at Shelby Farms Park. “The addition of eBikes expands not only the amenities our Park offers, but also the accessibility for Memphians to get to the Park,” says CEO of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy Jen Andrews. “Over the last year, we have welcomed more visitors than ever before. Our partnership with Explore Bike Share has given us new ways to make the Park available for our community.”
Now, eBikes may be checked out in areas from Crosstown Concourse to Big River Crossing and Overton Park to Mud Island. All stations may be located using the BCycle App.
“We’re so fortunate to have a flexible model that allows us to respond to data and further support how people are riding and where they are riding,” says Mack. “We’re taking the opportunity to relocate underutilized stations into higher utilized areas.”
Explore Bike Share now offers easy checkout options including $5 single rides and $35 three-day passes with unlimited checkouts—a perfect option for weekend plans or visits to Memphis. Annual memberships are $120 for unlimited rides.
Businesses, retailers, apartment communities, and real estate developments who are interested in securing an eBike station may contact Executive Director Anton Mack at firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship details.
For more information, visit Explorebikeshare.com or follow @explorebikeshare on Instagram and Facebook.