Bike sharing program continues to grow in uptown

Bike sharing program continues to grow in uptown

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 6:20 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 6:20 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte's Bike Sharing program continues to grow in popularity, just two months after its official launch. 

The Executive Director for Charlotte B-Cycle says an expansion could be in the works.  The program is made up of 20 stations inside the Interstate 277 loop.  It launched August 1,  just before the Democratic National Convention. 

"It's been good for people who want an alternative to get to work because we're encouraging people to use this just as they would the train, the bus, their car," said Executive Director Dianna Ward.

Several people NBC Charlotte spoke with said they use the bikes to go to and from work.  They also say they spot visitors on the weekends using the bikes to see the sights of the Queen City. 

Some had suggestions on how the city can improve the system. 

"More racks and racks that are probably less full.  Sometimes I want to park the bike and there's not necessarily a place to put it," suggested one commuter.

Another said he thought the city might do a better job explaining how the system worked. 

Ward says and expansion could be in the works, especially in places like the  Fourth Ward where B-Cycle is so popular they have trouble keeping the station stocked with bikes.

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