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Those who enjoy Longview Lake can now bike around the 21,000 acre park without bringing a bicycle.

Jackson County opened the first bike share station along the Longview Trail Thursday.

Seven years ago there were less than 300,000 bike share trips nationwide. Last year, that number jumped to more than 30-million, a sign that more people are demanding this sort of amenity.

"What bike share is really best at is helping non riders and beginning riders get on a bike see that it’s fun, that it’s easy, and take the next step and decide for themselves they want their own bike they want to start riding in some new places," said Eric Vaughan of BikeWalkKC, which operates the bike share program Bcycle.

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