Baltimore bike share to add 500 new bikes this spring.As warmer weather nears, more Baltimorians will not only take to the beach but also the streets. The Baltimore bike share program - introduced in October of 2016 - is now eclipsing nearly six thousand rides, and that number is expected to grow. With 22 stations and 175 bikes, the 2.36 million dollar partnership between Bewegen Technologies and the City of Baltimore is expected to expand by 30 stations and introduce 500 new bikes. [gallery ids="523,522"] Best of all, approximately 40% of the Baltimore bike share units for rent are electrically assisted bicycles sometimes referred to as 'pedelecs'. Liz Cornish, executive director of Bikemore - Baltimore's bicycling infrastructure and policy advocacy organization - noted that the electrically assisted bicycles only cost $1300 per bicycle as compared to $1000 for a normal pedal-only bicycle.
With a pedelec, you don't have to be Lance Armstrong just to pick up a few groceries. Hills are also less of a task. Journalist Jeff La Noue tested one of the electric bikes and had this to say:
“I tested the electric bikes on an uphill climb on the newly created Maryland Avenue protected bikeway, and it was amazing how helpful pedelec was. The extra giddy up made for a ton of fun whether on a hill or flat land. …So whether you're looking to get groceries or see some Baltimore's historic sites, you might want to consider traveling there via Baltimore's bike share. Have you ridden one of these Baltimore bike share bikes? If so, we want to know how it was! Let us know in the comments below!