KC B Cycle plan to add bike-rental stations at select Johnson County receives board approval | The Kansas City Star

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Visitors to four Johnson County park facilities may soon be able to rent bicycles to explore nearby trails and surrounding neighborhoods.

The Johnson County Park & Recreation board approved buying equipment Wednesday to set up a bike-share program. Kiosks and special bike racks, where visitors could pick up or drop off bicycles and pay rental fees, would initially be placed at the Arts and Heritage Center on Metcalf Avenue, Shawnee Mission Park, Heritage Park and Meadowbrook Park, which is scheduled to open this summer.

District officials said those locations were selected because they are already popular or, in the case of Meadowbrook, surrounded by a large population of potential users. Several of them also would give riders easy access to the Gary L. Haller and Coffee Creek trails.

The program would be operated by Kansas City B-Cycle, a bike-share program currently offering bike-share services on the Missouri side of the state line in Kansas City. That program offers bikes at 41 stations across the city and generated more than 16,000 bike-share trips in 2016, the last year for which numbers are available.

MoBikeFed comment: Kansas City B Cycle, the first bike share system in Missouri, continues to thrive and grow. The expansion to Johnson County will be a major new addition to the system.