Eastern Kansas to get bike-sharing in 2018

December 27, 2017 - 7:59 pm

Officials in an eastern Kansas county are embracing the concept of a bike-sharing system.

The Kansas City Star reports that the Mid-America Regional Council awarded transportation funding in 2014 to BikeWalkKC to expand bike-sharing into Johnson County. The county hopes to begin installing its own system next spring under the BCycle banner.

Residents will be able to grab a rental bike from a nearby station and return it to either the same place or another spot closer to their destination.

BCycle already operates on the Missouri side of the Kansas City area, with more than 40 stations serving residents. Johnson County hopes to place a total of 70 bikes in several parks and at the new Arts & Heritage Center.

County officials say bike-sharing can be a convenient and cheap transportation option.

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