Ellen is a DNA board member and has lived downtown since 2009. You can find her riding her bike to find good beer and fun friends, or hanging out on the Boulevard speaking Spanish with ClaroKC.

Ellen is a DNA board member and has lived downtown since 2009. You can find her riding her bike to find good beer and fun friends, or hanging out on the Boulevard speaking Spanish with ClaroKC.

You may have noticed the solar-powered B-Cycle stations popping up around downtown, Westport and the Plaza, and thought, “How do I use those? They look so convenient!” Biking around downtown can be faster and less frustrating that driving, and bike share stations make wheeling around even easier. Here’s how to use them.

Want to try Bike Share for yourself? Join us this Sunday, May 24, for a bicycle tour of downtown! You can BYOBike or try a 24-hour bike share pass for free. Learn more >>

Or, join BikeWalkKC and New Belgium Brewery for Clips Beer and Film Tour tonight, May 21, at Theis Park. Ride Bike Share KC to the event and you can get high-fives and beer tokens!

Uno: Buy a pass

There are three places to buy a Bike Share KC pass: from the Kansas City B-Cycle website, the mobile app, or at any Bike Share KC kiosk. Online you can buy any pass: 24-hour, 7-day, 30-day, or annual. At a kiosk, only 24-hour memberships are available. Pro tip: at $65/year, the annual pass is a steal if you live or work downtown! Once you’ve bought your membership, be sure to take the credit card used to purchase it with you — it’s tied to your account and you’ll use it at the kiosk to check out your bike (you won’t be charged again unless your membership expires). If you buy the annual membership, you’ll receive a membership card in the mail.

Dos: Get a bike

  • Head to a kiosk! Approach the touch screen wielding the credit card tied to your account.

  • Follow the instructions on screen: select a language (English or Spanish), whether you’d like to check out a bike (yes), and if you need a 24-hour membership (“no” if you already bought your pass, “yes” if you are buying at the kiosk).

  • At this point you’ll insert your credit card and either purchase a pass or the system will verify your account.

  • Once bought or verified, select a bike using the dock number. The dock number is on a sticker at the top of the dock. The selected dock will unlock a bike for 30 seconds and beep until you remove the bike.

Tres: Adjust your bike

Each bike has an adjustable seat height. Open the clamp, scoot the seat up or down, and close the clamp again (all the way!). The seat post is marked, so you can make a note of where you like your seat for quick future adjusting. I’m 5-foot-6-ish and like to set the seat between the “5” and “6”. You should be able to extend your leg almost-but-not-quite straight when sitting on the seat with your foot on the pedal.

Cuatro: Go!

You’re ready! You’re pumped! Each bike also has hand signal reminders directly below the handlebars. If it’s been a minute since you rode in traffic, be sure to review those while you secure your helmet (it’s BYOH for health reasons). Drivers in Kansas City are still getting used to sharing the road, so keep an eye on traffic, look and signal before changing lanes, and always obey traffic laws!

Now get out there! Kick off and have fun cruising to some of Kansas City’s best coffee shops, parks or even barbecue. Share photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

 

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