Novant B-Cycle bikes

Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center started a bike-sharing program through B-Cycle.

1. Huntersville has its first bike-sharing station

Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center and Cigna on May 30 launched the Novant Health B-Cycle station, Huntersville’s first bike-sharing program. Funding from health insurance provider Cigna enabled the medical center to launch and maintain the bike-sharing station, which is at 10030 Gilead Road, in the rear parking lot of the hospital campus. “We believe that our role as a community hospital is not only to provide high quality health care services, but to also help keep our residents and our team members healthy,” said Mike Riley, president and chief operating officer of Huntersville Medical Center.

2. Bikes won’t be scattered throughout town

The eight, white Trek bicycles feature a unisex design, a bell and a basket to carry cargo. To ride, individuals can purchase passes at the Novant Health B-cycle station with a credit or debit card. A 30-minute ride costs $1, and each additional 30 minutes is $1. Bikes must be returned to the same B-Cycle station.

3. Charlotte already has B-Cycle stations

Charlotte is one of 32 U.S cities with a B-Cycle system, and most of them are in uptown and surrounding neighborhoods. The city’s system is provided by BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina. Charlotte B-cycle is one of the largest urban bike-sharing systems in the Southeast. There are 200 blue bikes and 24 stations from Johnson C. Smith University to Freedom Park. Upstate South Carolina cities Greenville and Spartanburg also have B-Cycle systems.

4. There are other forms of sharable transportation

Charlotte created a Shared Mobility Program, which works to create more transportation choices for its residents and allows private operators to manage a fleet of electric scooters within the city. Earlier this year, Charlotte city council adopted rules to ban e-scooters from sidewalks in parts of uptown, cap speeds at 15 mph and charge scooter companies like Lime a per-unit fee. Since launching in May 2018, Charlotte users have ridden roughly 1.2 million miles on the city-operated e-scooters, averaging 1.3 miles per trip in April.

5. The bikes come amid an expansion

Novant’s Huntersville Medical Center opened its new four-story, 60,000-square-foot patient tower June 3 that includes 44 additional patient rooms, two additional procedure rooms, an

operating room and renovations to several hospital areas. This $50 million expansion increases the hospital’s bed count to 139 and number of Level 3 natal intensive care unit beds to four. Read more about the center’s expansion in next week’s Herald Citizen.

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