Jackson County, in partnership with BikeWalkKC, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the installation of the first bike share station in Eastern Jackson County.
The new bike share station at Longview Lake is solar powered with 10 docks, holding up to 10 bikes. A trike (tricycle) is also available at this location offering an alternative to the traditional bicycle. The trike is one of only 10 being produced by BikeWalkKC. It is the first one located at a bike share station in Jackson County.
The self-service stations are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Bikes can be checked out from and returned to any BCycle station, with rides starting at $3 for 30-minutes. Annual memberships are available which provide unlimited 60-minute rides and through the “B-Connected” program, can be used to check out bikes in 28 additional cities around the United States.
“The Parks Department is thrilled in continuing Jackson County’s partnership with BikeWalkKC and we are thrilled to have this new Longview Lake Bike Station here. What a wonderful addition it is going to be to an already popular hiking and biking trail,” said Director of Jackson County Parks + Rec, Michele Newman.
“Jackson County is proud to support BikeWalkKC in their effort to provide convenient, healthy and fun transportation across the metro. My mission as County Executive is to enhance the well-being and quality of life for all of our citizens and provide them with effective, cost efficient public services,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr.
“Building on this partnership is important because together, we are making Jackson County a place all families can live, play and prosper for generations to come. I look forward to continuing to work with BikeWalkKC as they expand their successful program.”
County Legislator Crystal Williams came up with the idea to have a bike share station in Jackson County Parks and started the effort to make it happen. “I thought it would be nice if more people could have access to biking this trail because it is actually one of my favorites… It’s a place that a lot of us can come and safely participate in hiking and biking and enjoy beautiful Jackson County,” said Williams.
BikeWalkKC is just as thrilled about the partnership with Jackson County Parks + Rec and is looking forward to the future. “We’re really excited to get this first location kicked off and I think it is a great jumping off point for all parks in the region to get better access to trails for anyone who wants to get out there and live an active, healthy, fun, green lifestyle,” said BikeWalkKC Bike Share Program Manager Eric Vaughan.
“We look forward to seeing everyone out riding, hopefully very soon.”