Wofford's archivist and professor Phillip Stone plans to use the B-cycles to get around between campus and downtown Spartanburg as much as possible. (Photo by Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
– Wofford and Converse Colleges now are more connected to one another and downtown Spartanburg’s bicycling culture through the expansion of Spartanburg B-cycle. A celebration, ribbon cutting and bicycle parade were held Friday, April 12, at the Spartanburg B-cycle station in downtown Spartanburg.
Spartanburg B-cycle, an initiative of Partners for Active Living, allows users to swipe a credit card or membership card to access a bicycle whenever convenient. Spartanburg B-cycle was the first bicycle sharing system in the Southeast. The Wofford and Converse stations add 16 bicycles to the existing 14 at two B-stations, one at the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail and the other at Morgan Square.
“The more bikes in any town, the better – and we are grateful to the donors who’ve made it possible to situate a B-cycle station on our campus,” says Wofford’s president Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap. “As bike-town enthusiasts maintain, ‘If you wheel it out, they will ride.’”
Spartanburg B-cycle at the colleges has been made possible with support from Spartanburg Regional Foundation, Wofford, Converse, as well as private donors.
The sharing process is simple: become a member and then users have access to the red cruiser bikes. The program has three different membership types: annual, 30-day or 24-hour. The price of membership is $30, $15 and $5, respectively. Students receive a $10 discount on an annual membership. The first hour with each use is free. Each additional half-hour is $1. Memberships are purchased with a credit card online or at either of the kiosks. Annual and 30-day members will receive a B-card in the mail to make bicycle check-out take only seconds. Bikes can be checked out and returned at any of the four location.
The bikes are equipped with a front basket, an easily adjustable seat, three gears and a handy bell, as well as a computer to track mileage, calories burned and carbon offsets. Riders can monitor their personal fitness, miles traveled, carbon offsets and connect with others online at http://spartanburg.bcycle.com.
“Partners for Active Living is working to create the healthiest community that we can. Spartanburg B-cycle is an innovative, convenient tool that can help get students, residents, and visitors more active. We want physical activity to be as easy as possible in Spartanburg,” said executive director Laura Ringo. “We hope that the bicycles are used for trips around downtown and between the colleges. In addition, we want to ensure that Spartanburg continues to be a leader as a bicycle-friendly community.”
For additional information about Partners for Active Living and Spartanburg B-cycle, please visit www.active-living.org or call 864-598-9638.