Since the Macon Bike Share program began last month, nearly 200 people have bicycled downtown.
“Everything is smooth sailing. We haven’t had any complaints,” said Valerie Bradley, director of communications for the Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We are very pleased in looking at the usage and the feedback we’ve received.”
Since the program was unveiled in three downtown locations Sept. 15, a total of 185 people have tried it out, said Jon Terbush, spokesman for the bike share company Zagster.
“Ridership is already up about 40 percent in October relative to last month,” Terbush said in an email to The Telegraph. “We expect it to continue climbing as more people become familiar with the program.”
The bikes are free for the first hour of every ride, and it costs $3 for each additional hour, with a cap at $30 per day.
Cyclists only need a cell phone and a credit card to participate. Smartphone users can download an app for Zagster, but there’s also an option to rent a bike via text message.
“Maybe it seems just a little bit more tucked away from the other locations,” Bradley said.
There are seven bikes at each of the three stations, but that number fluctuates as people return bikes at different locations.
Independent contractor Ross McCollough periodically services the bikes, making sure no parts are missing and the tires are fully inflated, among other checks, Bradley said.