Bikes for rent back out in downtown Kansas City
The Kansas City Star
You know it’s spring and the weather has officially turned when the racks on downtown sidewalks bloom again with bicycles for people to rent.
A couple of hundred bicycles with locks and baskets became a downtown novelty last year for people when the weather turned warm. The racks stayed out during the winter, but the bicycles went into storage. Usage generally drops as the weather turns cold.
The annual memberships for using the bicycles were $60, and day passes were $5 to $6. Last year mostly young people could be seen frequently riding the bikes.
This year, folks are a little slow to roll on the two-wheelers. As the weather turns warmer and more people are drawn to downtown attractions, the bike use will likely pick up.
Kansas City isn’t the friendliest town for cyclists, who have to know where curb cuts are to quickly get out of the way of unyielding cars, trucks and buses. But having more rental bikes on the road should help compell more motorists to share the road.