CHARLOTTE -- Charlotte is the latest U.S. city to add a bike share program. It's called Charlotte B-cycle. It's the first bike share program in the state and the largest in the Southeast.
"Amenities are very important for urban dwellers. This is what people have come to expect from a large city," said Dianna Ward, executive director of Charlotte B-cycle.
"The more we can give people transportation options like bicycles, the better off we are going to be in terms of our health, in terms of our mobility and in terms of the sustainability of the city and that's what this is all about," said Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx.
The effort is a part of the city's 2020 vision plan to become a city of bikes. The city teamed up with a number of private sponsors and BlueCross BlueShield.
The health insurer said it's all a part of a corporate initiative Get Outside North Carolina (GO NC!). BlueCross BlueShield plans to invest $4 million across the state in hopes of encouraging people to get outside, get active and get healthy.
In addition to Charlotte B-cycle, the Durham-based health insurance company will help the North Carolina Museum of Art complete a three-mile loop trail around the Raleigh museum.
It also will help to complete and enhance a 15-mile public trail in Wilmington.
Foxx said the bike share program will be an added bonus during the Democratic National Convention, but it's not a fundraising tactic.
"This was a happy coincidence," said Foxx. "I think it will be an added advantage for us during the convention for us to have people using bikes."
The bike-share program will allow anyone over the age of 18, with a credit card to grab a three-speed touring cycle and peddle in and around the center city.
The program will have 20 automated stations where bikes can be picked up and turned in.
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