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Going around the Queen City with the electric bike

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CHARLOTTE, NC – Launched in 2012, Charlotte Joy Rides is a bike share service that allows us to go around the city with electric bikes. They started with 200 bikes and 20 stations and now have been growing to 343 bikes and 34 stations.

Charlotte Joy Rides offers a convenient and environmentally friendly commuting option with electric bikes that can go up to 15 miles per hour. All you need to do is buy a membership pass from their website before using the bikes. After that, go to the designated station and grab a bike. The time limit may differ according to the membership pass that you have. You can return the bike to any available stations and make sure that the bike is securely returned by looking at the given signal— three green light blinks and quick beeps. You can also download the B-cycle app that can help you to find stations easier.

Each electric bike comes with many features that can accommodate almost all eligible users. It has adjustable saddle height, power on and off for pedal assist, basket, automatic light, phone holder, and swappable battery. To be able to use Charlotte Joy Rides, users must be at least 18 years old.

If you want to use the bike, the system is available from 5 a.m. until midnight. However, you can always return the bike to the designated stations at any time.

As a non-profit system, Charlotte Joy Rides receive many supports from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Atrium Health, Federal Transportation Administration, local developers, and the City of Charlotte. The system is also one of the efforts of making Charlotte a more bicycle-friendly city.

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