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Bike share rolls into Charleston

Bike share rolls into Charleston

250 new bicycles got rolling Monday as part of Charleston’s new bike-share program. For some it was a holy event in the Holy City, dubbed Holy Spokes and sponsored by MUSC and Gotcha Bikes.

Title sponsor MUSC helped fund the project, and now there are 27 locations in the area of MUSC's campus where bikes can be found.

Dr. Patrick Cawley says he wanted to be a part of bring bike sharing to Charleston. It was many years in the making, but he’s proud it’s finally here.

“One of our goals is to build healthy communities and to promote healthy lifestyle. This is bringing biking to Charleston in a greater way than it has been before,” Cawley said.

“I think bike share historically has done a few things, one of which is put everyday riders on a bike and allow them to see the benefits of bike share,” said Sean Flood, C.E.O. of The Gotcha Group.

Riders can create an account on the cellphone app So-Bi, or at charlestonbikeshare.com. They can then check out any of the 250 bicycles set up at 27 different locations around downtown Charleston. They cost $8 an hour, $15 per month, or $69 a year to ride. There’s a 30% discount if you sign up soon!

“I think for sure it’s going to move Charleston in the right direction in regards to bicycling as a whole,” Flood said.

Each of the three-speed bicycles has a built-in GPS and they can be checked out and ridden 24 hours a day.


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