After a yearlong hiatus, Greenville’s B-Cycle program is returning.
The network of bicycle rental hubs was created in 2013 by Upstate Forever, which operated the program in partnership with Greenville Health System, now Prisma Health-Upstate.
The program was suspended in 2019 after Upstate Forever decided to get out of the bike-sharing business, and the city of Greenville and B-Cycle were unable to come to an agreement on continued operations through the city’s parks and recreation department, according to Calin Owens, city mobility coordinator.
Since then, B-Cycle has agreed to take control of Greenville’s system, which consisted of 10 stations — five of which are located in the downtown Greenville area — and 50 bikes.
B-Cycle is a leading bike-sharing system developer with systems in more than 35 U.S. cities, including nearby Spartanburg and Charlotte.
Riders can channel their inner George Hincapie with the pedal-assist bike’s turbo boost button, which allows the bike to go up to 15 miles per hour, according to the B-Cycle website.
“The old bikes were showing their age, and they really were difficult to operate,” Mayor Knox White said. “This is a great step forward and kind of updates the whole system so people who just never used it before will find it much more to their liking.”
The City Council approved an ordinance granting B-Cycle permission to house and operate five bike-share kiosks and associated e-bikes on public property at its Dec. 14 meeting. The kiosks are located at the Greenville Zoo, City Hall, Fluor Field, Greenville Transit Center and at the corner of College and North Main streets.
Owens said B-Cycle is working on agreements to operate the other five stations at County Square, Hughes Main Library, Link West End, NEXT Innovation Center and the Caine Halter YMCA.
Rates will start at $5 for a 30-minute ride and $15 for a 24-hour pass, according to B-Cycle.