Pace bike share program gains popularity in Knoxville

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With summer-like temperatures, more and more people are enjoying the outdoors and that means getting on a bike for some in Knoxville. They are taking advantage of the Pace bike share program which launched a few months ago.

Morgan Crapo was traveling to Knoxville from Florida and she tried something new during her visit. She enjoyed a different kind of city tour on the back of a bicycle.

“It’s been pretty good. It’s been awesome. We have gotten to see a lot of the city so far,” she said.

Roughly 200 bikes are scattered throughout the city. Using an app, she unlocked and started pedaling one.

“We came down from the observation deck and we walked past it and we were like you know that would be a really great way to get around,” said Crapo.

Kim Bumpas with Visit Knoxville said it is popular with both visitors and locals. The bikes are GPS tracked so users can lock it up wherever they want. It makes it easy for the next person to find it and harder for someone to steal it.

“All of the workers downtown have said to me they use it when they go to a quick meeting or some people are actually using it to commute to their jobs,” said Bumpas.

Visit Knoxville said there have been 6,000 rides since the program launched in February and 3,000 of them have happened just within the last 30 days.

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